Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The First Hatchlings of 2007

April is always an exciting time at Central Park, for it is April when the first hatchlings of the season emerge. Usually, scovies are the first ducks to hatch but, as you can see, this scovy is still on her nest. She picked a less than ideal spot for her nest right beside the front entrance of a business. This year, three mallards were the first new ducklings spotted.

The Canada Geese are always early nesters. Here are two of the first goslings of 2007.

A brooding mother protects her goslings under her wings.