Sometimes I see a *lot* of geese wandering around the park or swimming in the pond. Today I only saw three: these two across the pond in the tiny wildlife “sanctuary,” and another that was standing on the near side of the pond a few feet away from someone (else) who was taking pictures of it.
There were about four of these sparrows walking around the ground in the shelter of a bush and pecking at the ground.
Some #butterflies spotted over the last few days:
A monarch that nicely paused on the grass with its wings open, long enough to catch a clear photo.
A swallowtail that I sort of caught in flight, at a distance. It’s very low-resolution, but it’s also clearly identifiable!
A cabbage white that I was able to catch with a zoom lens.
While some cities have only closed playgrounds and sports facilities at their parks, Manhattan Beach has closed them all outright. Polliwog Park has a large pond year-round that attracts ducks, geese and coots, plus gulls and pigeons stopping in. The park has been literally wrapped in caution tape for a month, and the ducks that normally stay in and around the pond have come out to the edges by the sidewalks where people can still walk by and feed them.