Monday Evening Wildlife in Edgewood
Proving to myself that all kinds of nature really is just outside my door, even in a suburban-sprawl area. I combined a trip to Home Depot in Edgewood to visit the osprey nests I’m monitoring and stopped at the swamp on Route 40 across from Home Depot.
Leight Estuary Center – I couldn’t see any activity on the nest and didn’t see any birds flying around. The tower is very high and the only place I can pull over to observe is just about right under the nest. So, it would be impossible to see any birds if they were cuddled down in the nest.
The big nest in Riverside on Route 40 – no activity. But the nest is easily 3-feet deep. A mommy bird could be nesting there and you’d never know. I was observing it from the little access road I found and a guy pulled up. His parents live on that access road. He said he has seen a bird there every once in awhile. That’s good news.
The new nest on the other side of Route 40 – Visible activity. Two birds were hunkered down in the nest. It looked like one had strips of food dangling from its beak. Was it the daddy and mommy? Or mommy and a baby? I think it’s too soon for babies.
The marsh on Route 40 in Edgewood, at the on-ramp to Rt. 24
I have driven past this for years. Before my nature studies, I used to think it’s just an icky swamp. Now I realize how it’s teeming with wildlife. This evening I saw:
- a great blue heron
- another heron – too far away to identify with my binoculars, maybe a great blue
- a beaver, swimming with his mouth full of stems
- only one duck, and it splashed and floated away before I could ID it
- about a dozen red-winged blackbirds. They are so pretty in flight.
- several other birds, but they flitted too fast for me to ID them
Here’s a picture I took a few weeks ago of the marsh, to give you a sense of perspective. There’s a mute swan in this pic. There’s also dozens of ducks in the pic too …