FRIENDS OF JAMAICA POND

36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030

Gerry Wright, Founder and President

Telephone: 617-524-7070

Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com

TTY/MA RELAY 800-439-2370

www.FriendsOfJamaicaPond.org

Friends of Jamaica Pond

History and Annual Park Keeper Award

Frederick Law Olmsted a one-man play by Gerry Wright

Nature's Class Room: Environmental Education Projects

Environmental Research Projects

Forestry Protection Projects

Emerald Necklace Bird Club

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"Let it be not for present use and delight alone, but let it be of such a work that our descendents will thank us for it."
Frederick Law Olmsted

Nature's
Class Room:

Environmental
Education
Projects

Jamaica Pond's Albino Gray Squirrel

Eastern Chipmunk


Cottontail Rabbits

Great Horned Owls

Red Tailed Hawks


Butterflies and Dragonflies

Emerald Necklace Wildflowers

Pink Lady's Slipper

Great Blue Herons

Emerald Necklace Fungi (Coming Soon)

Boston's Emerald Necklace

EASTERN KINGBIRD

Tyran tritri (French) Pitirre americano, Tirano viajero (Spanish)


by Stephen Baird info@CommunityArtsAdvocates.org

Eastern Kingbird - Tyrannus tyrannus

  • Common in Emerald Necklace Parks and nests during summer in Franklin Park, Arnold Arboretum, Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Pond and Olmsted Park.
  • Active at dusk and dawn and seen on tree tops, fence posts and exposed locations where it feeds by flying out to catch insects and often returning to the same perch.

  • Medium size song bird best identified by the white tail band, blue-black back and wings with white throat, breast and belly feathers.  The red crown head feathers are often hidden.
  • Song is “kit-kit-kitter-kitter” or “dzee-dzee-dzee”
  • Adult birds grow to 7-9 inches with a 13-15 inch wingspan and weigh 1-2 ounces.
  • Migrates from and to Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia (Arrives here around May 1st. Departs mid September)
  • Conduct courtship during May-June with flight display and dives often done with loud vocal songs.

Nest of twigs and grasses usually over looking water like this one on the eastern shore of Jamaica Pond just past the Gazebo June 2009
  • Usually lay 3-5 white eggs with brown or lavender markings in cup nest of twigs and grass. Incubation by the female with some help from the male lasts around 15 days and eggs hatch June-July
  • Nest often near water - on branches over hanging Emerald Necklace ponds and streams.

  • The Eastern Kingbird lives up to its Latin name tyrannus tyrannus by aggressively defending its nesting territory.  It often chases away much larger birds including crows and hawks.  I have seen them land on a Red-Tailed Hawk back and ride it in flight for 40-50 yards while pecking it with its beak.


References and Links

NOTE:  8 x 10 matted and framed photographs are available for $100 membership donations or 11 x 17 matted and framed photographs are available for $500 membership donations to Friends of Jamaica Pond. Contact Stephen Baird at info@communityartsadvocates.org

Contact and Email Information

FRIENDS OF JAMAICA POND

36 Perkins St., PO Box 300040, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030

Gerry Wright, Founder and President

Telephone: 617-524-7070

Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com

TTY/MA RELAY 800-439-2370

www.FriendsOfJamaicaPond.org

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