Jamaica Bay yesterday. A brief interregnum of low cloudy gloom, but then the afternoon was glorious. I don’t know what this is, but it was the only green thing around.
The phragmites towered above me.
Not impenetrable to a deer.
I found this turtle shell. Is it/was it a box turtle? The top almost immediately came apart in segments, unfortunately; it's probably been rotting all winter. There are 15 species of turtles found in NY (not including 5 sea turtle species).
Birds: Snow goose, Canada goose, brant, mute swan, great heron, great blue heron, Am. wigeon, scaup, northern shoveler, mallard, Am. black duck, bufflehead, ruddy duck, hooded merganser, d.c. cormorant, herring gull, great black-backed gull, ring-billed gull, oyster catcher, osprey, tree swallow, downy woodpecker, mockingbird, cat bird, phoebe, yellow-rumped warbler, red-winged blackbird, robin, cardinal, crow, grackle, starling, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow. First of the year, and sure signs of spring: the phoebe, red-winged bb, and swallow. Thousands of scaup on the pond: frankly, I haven’t figured out the difference between greater and lesser scaup yet.
Then, after a shower, I went to the Met to see M. Courbet, who was always looking for a fight. Hell of a town, this.