I took a walk through Olmsted Park yesterday, a piece of the Emerald Necklace within Jamaica Plain. I saw a mother mallard duck with a dozen ducklings in tow.
Also, a juvenile starling.
A tree swallow diving above one of the smaller ponds.
The wings of a northern flicker look golden-orange in flight.
All the pollen collecting in the water leaves it streaked with yellow.
A number of goat’s beard plants are flowering in the woods. Goat’s beard (Aruncus dioicus) is native to the Eastern U.S., but is thought to have been brought to Massachusetts.
White water-lily (Nymphaea odorata), a native aquatic plant, is in flower on Ward’s Pond.
Finally, I saw a common whitetail dragonfly on the shore of Ward’s Pond. This is a male, with its large, pulsating, white abdomen.