Tuesday, April 07, 2020

A Visit to Burd Run

Today I decided I was long overdue to visit the Burd Run wetlands at Brookside Ave. and the Riparian Restoration Project park. I wanted to see if the Tree Swallows were back in the Brookside wetland. No such luck! There were lots of Red-winged Blackbirds, though, as well as a horde of noisy, honking Canada Geese. Otherwise it was still looking fairly dull there, and a trip up to the restoration project yielded the same dull landscape. But there was a surprise waiting - there was a Great Egret fishing in the creek! These are primarily coastal birds, hanging out in saltwater marshes, coves, and inlets; finding one in a freshwater creek in Central PA is unusual, to say the least. The sighting definitely made my day!

This feral cat seemed to be guarding the entrance to the Brookside Ave. wetland
Burd Run is looking healthy this year
This Guinea Fowl was making a lot of noise on the farm across the creek (the black behind it is a chicken companion)
The Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere in both wetland areas
The unexpected Great Egret fishing in Burd Run
© 2020 by A. Roy Hilbinger

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