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The Giant Ducks of Kaler’s Pond

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Across the highway from the Terrell River County Park, there is Kaler’s Pond (AKA Mill Pond), a beautiful little park in its own right. (It’s host to a playground and the Audubon Center.)

These giants of ducks were spotted along the shore, sitting amidst seagulls and Canada geese. I suspect they are hybrids of two different species, as they were the size of the geese, but (mostly) the coloring of mallards (there were others not pictured here).

The Giant Ducks of Kaler’s Pond
Kahler’s Pond, East Moriches, NY

The Terrell River “Monster”

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D accompanied me recently to Terrell River County Park (previously mentioned here), where we spent a few pleasurable hours wandering the trails.

Along the way, though, something caught my eye — a small, dessicated thing, a Dead Thing, that was not immediately identifiable. Fortunately D likes to poke at things with a stick, and he turned it over to its less rotted away side.

Although I had hoped it would prove an unidentifiable mystery, like the Montauk Monster (or whatever it was that washed up in Southold), upon closer inspection this appears to be simply a dead bird’s head. It keeps going around in my mind that this is a cormorant’s head, but I am not entirely sure.

Another view here and here

The Terrell River “Monster”
26 May 2009
Terrell River County Park, Center Moriches, NY

The Path in the Woods

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My favorite month on Long Island is May. Every year it seems to pour and pour and pour at the end of April, only to leave the bark wet and the trees bursting with green when May comes.

This was my first and only visit to the Terrell River County Park — I had hoped it edged closer than it did to the spot in the river where I saw 11 egrets feeding once — but I was astounded by how large it was compared to how it looks. The trail eventually leads to a beautiful little beach.

The Path in the Woods
23 May 2008
Terrell River County Park, Center Moriches, NY