Eagles Nest & Highway Good Samaritans
Edited on March 06, 2012: At a seminar on birding, a local bird expert said it was likely this was an osprey nest. Today, I was tweeting with Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge; sent them a picture; and they confirmed it is an osprey nest.
I found an eagle’s nest and yes, I was in search of one.
I’m pretty sure there’s an eagle or two that lazily drifts in the afternoon sky near my home. For 2 or 3 years, I saw an eagles’ nest on the electrical poles adjacent to the Amtrak train line nearby. It’s been gone for awhile. But I keep my eyes open hoping to find one again.
This weekend, driving down Rt 40, I saw this one! It’s adjacent to the CSX train tracks, just south/west of the Riverside office area.
Now, I thought nothing of pulling over and walking along the shoulder of the highway to try to get an awesome picture. A woman driving by, thinking my car broke down and I was getting out to walk somewhere for help, offered assistance. I explained what I was doing, walked back to my car, and pulled down a few feet. Another driver, seeing that, thought I was out of gas, and offered assistance. Again I explained my nature fascination. When a police car pulled over, that’s when I thought I should end my photo session. It was unexpected, but I definitely appreciated all the good samaritans!