The animals of Deering Oaks Park, in photos

A herring gull screeches while flying over the pond in Deering Oaks Park on Monday in Portland. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the oldest recorded herring gull was at least 29 years, 3 months old. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

A herring gull screeches while flying over the pond in Deering Oaks Park on Monday in Portland. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the oldest recorded herring gull was at least 29 years, 3 months old. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Deering Oaks Park in Portland stretches over 55 acres between Park Avenue and I-295, and Deering Avenue and Forest Avenue. It boasts a stage, a fountain, a splash park, basketball hoops and a Saturday farmers market.

It’s also a good place to spot city critters. Today, I saw lots of gulls and ducks in the pond. There were also some Canada geese making noise. I noticed no shortage of squirrels — and neither did the dogs, tugging on their leashes. Damsel flies hovered over the water. A few pigeons strutted in the grass.

Take a stroll through the park. Keep your eyes open and you’ll see the city critters, too.

A woman hangs onto her dog at Deering Oaks Park in Portland on Monday. The park is not an "off-leash" park. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

A woman hangs onto her dog at Deering Oaks Park in Portland on Monday. The park is not an “off-leash” park. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

An American black duck glides across the rippling pond at Deering Oaks Park in Portland On Monday.  The Cornell Lab of Ornithology reports Pleistocene fossils of American Black Ducks, at least 11,000 years old, have been unearthed in Florida and Georgia. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

An American black duck glides across the rippling pond at Deering Oaks Park in Portland On Monday. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology reports Pleistocene fossils of American black ducks, at least 11,000 years old, have been unearthed in Florida and Georgia. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

An eastern gray squirrel moseys across the stage at Deering Oaks Park in Portland on Monday. There are over 350 species of squirrels worldwide. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

An eastern gray squirrel moseys across the stage at Deering Oaks Park in Portland on Monday. There are over 350 species of squirrels worldwide. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Troy R. Bennett

About Troy R. Bennett

Troy R. Bennett is a Buxton native and longtime Portland resident whose photojournalism has appeared in media outlets all over the world.