Summer 2017

Goose Family June 2017

 

The photograph above shows the Goose family on June 26, 2017. The goslings have matured taking on the markings of adult birds. Note there was one gosling casualty. By early August, the geese had left the pond.

The next photograph shows the "Frenchfest" celebration on August 6, 2017.

Frenchfest 2017

Spring 2017

On June 4, 2017, the goose family went for a swim in the pond as shown in the photograph below. Note how much bigger the goslings are compared to their sizes at the beginning of May. It won't be long before this family is ready to move on.

Geese and Goslings June 4, 2017

During the week of May 9, the pair of geese produced four goslings shown in the photograph below. The goslings are to the right of center.

Geese and Goslings 2017

The next photograph shows one of the geese and three of the goslings on the pond. The fourth gosling is behind the adult. Note that the goslings are yellow and gray.

Goose and Goslings 2017

Mallards April 2017

Spring 2017 has arrived with a pair of Mallard Ducks, shown above, and the return of a pair of Canada Geese nesting on the island in French Hill Pond. The next photograph shows one of the goose pair nesting on the island in French Hill Pond. This photograph was taken with a Nikon D500 camera with a 500mm telephoto lens having an effective 35mm focal length of 750mm. Therefore, the photograph was taken at a considerable distance from the nest. Yet, the goose is keeping a watchful eye on the photographer and trying to keep as low a profile as possible.

Nesting Canada Goose 2017

The extreme resolution of the D500 sensor allows enlarging portions of the photograph without losing detail. The next photograph is a close-up of the nesting goose. The pair of geese has returned to this same nesting spot for several years.

Nesting Canada Goose 2017 Closeup

The other goose attempted to attract the photographer away from the nest by swimming to the south end of the pond.

Decoy Goose 2017

New in the year 2017 is a duck box about midway on the east shore of the pond. This box is intended for Wood Ducks but may be occupied by other birds. When this photograph was taken, no birds had taken up residence in the box as yet.

Duck Box 2017

The property on the east side of the pond has numerous bird boxes like the chickadee box shown in the next photograph.

Chickadee Box 2017

In addition to bird boxes, the property on the east shore of the pond has bat boxes. The bird and bat boxes attract animals that control the insect population over a significant area east of French Hill Pond, no need for insecticides there.

Bat Box 2017

 

Spring 2016

South of Pond April 26, 2016

The winter of 2015 to 2016 was relatively mild but the spring of 2016 is cooler than normal. Never-the-less, trees are beginning to bud and animals have become more active, The photograph above showing the south end of the pond was taken with a telephoto lens on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 just after a light snowfall. The deciduous trees are just beginning to bud. Some of the trees around French Hill Pond are odd-looking deciduous trees because they are deciduous conifers called Tamaracks in the Pine family. An example of such a tree is to the left of center in the photograph. Not all conifers are evergreens and some evergreens are broadleaves.

A fire on the Russell Farm Road in Bar Harbor on April 15, 2016 required the use of water from French Hill Pond. A Maine Forestry Service helicopter scooped water from French Hill Pond to help extinguish the fire. About four acres burned before the fire was extinguished. The activity of the helicopter startled a pair of geese nesting on the island. The following photograph shows one of the geese on the nest. Note the nesting material of straw and goose down.

Goose on Nest April 26, 2016

The other goose stood guard on the shore and fed on the new shoots of grass.

Goose Feeding on Shore April 26, 2016

Not far away was a robin.

Robin April 26, 2016

All the above photographs were taken on April 26, 2016 with a telephoto lens at French Hill Pond. The photographs were taken at a considerable distance from the subjects and the animals were only mildly curious.

Geese Family 2016

The above photograph was taken with a telephoto lens on May 11, 2016 after six goslings hatched. Note that one of the adult geese feeds with the goslings while the other adult stays alert for predators. When the feeding adult is sated, it will stand guard while the other feeds. If threat approaches, the guarding adult will squawk and the goslings will come together as a tight group between the adults. These geese are Canada Geese.

SUMMER 2016

The annual "Frenchfest" was held on August 13, 2016 at the north end of French Hill Pond.

Frenchfest at the north end of the pond.

A potluck supper in addition to grilled hamburgers and hot dogs provided ample food for residents of the Frenchman's Hill development and their guests.

Food service

Conversations enabled neighbors to catch up on events of the past year.

Conversation

The traditional campfire warmed people in the chill of the evening.

Campfire

An infrequent visitor during the summer of 2016 was a Great Blue Heron seen in the photograph below sitting on a rock on the north edge of French Hill Pond. 

Great Blue Heron

 

 


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