Jamaica Pond

By - 6/14/18 - 8:54 pm
Wood duck and ducklings on Jamaica Pond

A mother wood duck and her ducklings glided across the northern end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon.

By - 5/17/18 - 5:30 pm
Hawk with squirrel at Jamaica Pond

Late yesterday afternoon, this hawk sat in a tree on the Jamaica Pond shore along Parkman Drive. Oh, look, it has some dinner. After about 30 seconds of me taking its photo, it had enough and flew off, with dinner, right in front of a runner on the path.

By - 5/10/18 - 10:21 am
Swans at Jamaica Pond

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy shows us a typical Jamaica Pond scene in 1910.

As Ben Evans notes:

Feeding small children to swans was outlawed in 1923.

By - 5/9/18 - 7:53 pm
Jamaica Pond in the setting fog

Roving UHub photographer Kirsten Morgan enjoyed the foggy sunset at Jamaica Pond this evening.

By - 4/11/18 - 4:17 pm
Legos at Jamaica Pond

Steve Garfield's started fixing a wall at the gazebo at the Jamaica Pond boathouse and hopes the community joins in to finish the work.

Compare to Nate Swain's Lego wall on Congress Street back in 2015.

By - 4/10/18 - 12:26 am
Duck on a rock

At Jamaica Pond.

By - 3/29/18 - 4:26 pm
Turtle at Jamaica Pond

Before the clouds completely took over the sky this afternoon, a turtle sunned itself on the usual turtle perch on one of the fallen tree branches near the northern end of Jamaica Pond.

By - 3/20/18 - 11:08 pm
Eagle at Jamaica Pond

Erik Pettaway reports he was walking his dogs around Jamaica Pond on Jan. 30, near where Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive intersect, when: Read more.

By - 3/19/18 - 3:27 pm
Hooded mergansers on Jamaica Pond

Went up to Jamaica Pond to look for the bald eagle that's been spotted there. Didn't find it, but did find these hooded mergansers paddling around with the mallards up at the north end of the pond.

By - 2/25/18 - 12:05 pm
Swans in Jamaica Pond

There are three swans at the pond these days - a couple and a third wheel. Yesterday afternoon, all converged on the small island at the northern end of the pond, but the couple was not in a sharing mood - one of them broke off and drove away the third swan, which decided the middle of the pond wasn't so bad after all.

By - 1/29/18 - 10:23 am
Ice training on Jamaica Pond

Jonathan Tompkins got a view of Boston firefighters practicing ice rescues at the north end of Jamaica Pond this morning. Despite the warming temperatures of recent days, the ice still held for them - and they had to cut some holes in the ice to practice their rescue techniques.

By - 1/12/18 - 10:42 am

Boston first responders converged on Jamaica Pond this morning after the discovery of a seemingly abandoned bicycle on the shore with footprints leading onto the ice - but none coming back.

But police soon found the bike owner safe and sound - and dry - on the other side of the pond. Capt. John Greland at E-13 reported around 10:45:

Located person who owns the bike, she is OK, said left bike and walked across the pond and didn’t come back. Located the person by an ID number on bike. Units clearing out.

By - 12/28/17 - 11:45 am
Ducks, geese and coots in water at otherwise frozen Jamaica Pond

Geese, ducks and coots congregated in what appeared to be the last remaining bit of open water on Jamaica Pond, at the north end, this morning. Some birds remained aloof: Two swans seemed to prefer their space out on the ice rather than sharing it with their cousins, as did a flock of seagulls. Read more.

By - 12/27/17 - 12:36 pm
Skating on Jamaica Pond

The Library of Congress has this drawing of people skating in Jamaica Plain (and some who have plunged to the ice) in 1859 or thereabouts.

By - 11/22/17 - 12:23 pm
Island in the mist in Jamaica Pond

The island at the north end of Jamaica Pond faded in and out of view during the rain late this morning.

Closer to shore, the coots were as plain as the rain rolling off their backs: Read more.

By - 11/6/17 - 7:20 pm
Heron

A pair of herons were hanging out on the higher branches on the little island at the north end of Jamaica Pond today. Read more.

By - 10/14/17 - 9:52 pm
Jamaica Pond in twilight

Molly Lanzarotta enjoyed Jamaica Pond in twilight this evening.

By - 8/7/17 - 3:39 pm
Dragonfly on a turtle in Jamaica Pond

A turtle sunning itself on a fallen tree branch in Jamaica Pond became a resting spot for a dragonfly this afternoon.

By - 6/23/17 - 11:19 pm
Wood duck

That's probably no big news for people used to wildlife, but to us confirmed city dwellers, well, you learn something every day. On a walk around Jamaica Pond this afternoon, I spotted this smallish duck come in over the water and land near some other ducks and ducklings. As it came in, it seemed to be whistling, rather than quacking.

Thanks to some folks on Twitter for identifying it as a wood duck.

By - 5/6/17 - 6:08 pm
Otter in Jamaica Pond

Moby Carp has company: Jameson Brown was walking around Jamaica Pond today when he looked down and spotted this furry critter cruising towards shore.

Jameson said it appeared to be an otter - it seemed too small for a beaver and its home "seemed more otter-like too, a hole more than a lodge."

But local wildlife aficionado Jef Taylor says, no, that's a muskrat.