The litter problem on the King & Queen side of the old Lord Delaware Bridge is quite sad. Oil and other fluids wasted from the commercial trailer trucks is bad in it’s own right. The old litter doesn’t get any attention. And with fish biting along the upper York and lower Mattaponi and Pamunkey, the trash will get even worse. I had hoped that some organization (and Lord knows the Mattaponi & Pamunkey Rivers Association does a heck of a job every year) would have stepped up to the task on Clean The Bay Day. Alas, the area was not touched by any group nor individual. I will try to recruit a few people who just might care about the place. If need be, I will devote some clean up time by myself.
And yet, there is reason to be hopeful about this neglected piece of shoreline. peeking into the nest from below, I saw another head besides Joachim and Anna. Yes, they have a chick (of course I am calling her Mary). Joachim did fly off for a while and returned to the nest with a fish. I got a couple of shots into the nest from the bridge. I got some good images from the old road as well. Aside from the osprey, great blue heron could be seen at a distance feeding along the shoreline at low tide. Red-winged blackbirds were active as usual.
Aside from the somewhat dull perennial wildflowers, a bed of day-lilies were in bloom on the old road bed at the river’s edge. Empty beer and Gatorade bottles are no match for the splendor of nature’s beauty. Yet, we humans could do more to enhance the flowers simply by cleaning up after ourselves. The blackberries are ripening. I had a flashback to my childhood as I carefully picked the sweet-tart treats from their thorny canes. I intend to return soon to see if I can get a pint of them. Few deserts are better than a blackberry cobbler.
To top off my day of treasure among the trash was the sighting of diamondback terrapins. I counted 3 males or juvenile females. This is truly a good sign as this species has issues with polluted water, crab pots, and poachers. The health of the York seems to be on an upswing as there was oyster harvesting this past winter around Croaker for the first time in years. Perhaps recreational crabbers are being more cautious to use by-catch reduction devices on theri pots. Very few people my age and younger care to try eating turtle meat. So, it was good to see these guys (or girls) swimming in the Mattaponi.