3/20 9:55 AM Hard SW wind Low tide
Three cars are parked behind the “Road Closed” sign, No tractor-trailer trucks.
Today, I wanted to get more of an idea of the overall surroundings of the nest. Surveying the plant life, on the embankments, wax myrtle and groundsel were the most dominant marsh plants. Blackberry and honeysuckle were also abundant, especially from the first sign to the river’s edge. So, it will be interesting to see what song birds will be present to feed on them. There are also loblolly pines present with a thicket of them and red cedars near the entrance to Rt. 33. I spooked one osprey out of a tree, which makes me wonder if that is where they feed away from the nest. There are some red-bud and wild cherry trees present as well. As for marsh grasses, there is a type of phragmites that is dominant which shows the amount of fresh water in this part of the York River Estuary area. There are stands of tall marsh cord grass and short cord grass as well.
Stream flowing into the River
There are two streams of water to note. One on the left side entering the abandoned road is under the bridge its self. This stream is featured on Google Maps and is not the result of road run-off, although I am sure some storm water does contribute to it. The other on the right appears, at first, to be just a ditch. I suspect there is a source spring of some sort. This stream does have some life in it as I have seen minnows swim there. Of concern are some orange patches in the mud. I am curious if this is some sort of pollution. This stream flows into the Mattaponi a few yards from the old seafood house.
One piece of good news about the litter is that it all appears to be old. Thus, when I clean it up the first time, maintaining it may not be that difficult.
Joachim and Anna were still collecting branches for the nest with an incident of mock mating. One other osprey was seen flying overhead as well as the one I scared off from the pine/cedar thicket. Nine lesser scaup were swimming and three double crested cormorants were on the old pilings. This is really not the prettiest place in the world for viewing wildlife. With the trash and near-by traffic noise, it is a wonder that anything wants to fly or swim around here. But, perhaps because so few people come to this side of the river that the birds find a somewhat peaceful place to reside and spend time. Thus, I will spend time with them.