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Nest Quest in Prospect Park: wood ducks, herons, swans, cardinals, swallows and, of course, robins nest in the park

Wood duck mother and duckling

Wood duck mother and duckling

Something is going on with nests in Prospect Park this season. They’re everywhere. You can’t walk 50 feet in the park bumping into some adorable tableau of chirping baby birds. Half the trees in the park seem to be brimming with exhibitionist robin families.
The big unusual nests this year are green herons and wood ducks (which are living somewhere near dog beach–but where they nested, I don’t know.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green herons are nesting on the lullwater and near the less-fancy bridge by the boathouse.

Green heron on nest by the boathouse. Babies are tucked under her wing.

Green heron on nest by the boathouse. Babies are tucked under her wing.

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Green heron feeds her creepy-looking babies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swans in the park, as if in defiance of a potential plan to wipe them out, are multiplying. They have two nests, one helpfully placed on an island by the ice rink to make for easy viewing.

The father swan normally spends his days chasing off other waterfowl, but he came and sat on the eggs with his wife. Apparently he was alarmed by a mommy mallard and her ducklings nearby.

The father swan normally spends his days chasing off other waterfowl, but he came and sat on the eggs with his wife. Apparently he was alarmed by a mommy mallard and her ducklings nearby.

Baby Swans

Baby Swans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I havent’ seen barn swallows build nests on the boathouse yet, just in the tunnels.

Barn swallow nest

Barn swallow nest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These robins are so desperate for attention they build nests at eye level, sometimes below. Still, they’re fun to watch.

Robin nest

Robin nest

Robin's Nest

Robin’s Nest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s treat to see any bird who isn’t a robin building a nest.

Catbird nest

Catbird nest

Blue Jay nest

Blue jay nest, sort of sloppy

 

Sparrows mating in the traffic nest pole.

Sparrows mating in the traffic nest pole.

Mystery Egg

Mystery Egg

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Always a crowd pleaser, mallard ducklings.

Mommy mallard teaches babies to dive
Mommy mallard teaches babies to dive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snapping Turtle digs nest

Snapping Turtle digs nest

Cardinal nestlings

Cardinal nestlings

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