Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Something Mysterious Is Happening At Greenbury Point

First off... Declan says hello!

It would appear that something good is happening at Greenbury Point in Annapolis. The trails are mowed. The signs have had the weeds, tangles and brush cleared away so any hiker or birder can read the poetry. Best of all, as I was leaving after my brief visit this evening, I noticed that the lights were on inside the Nature Center Building. In all of my years hiking on the point, I'd never seen anyone near the place. At long last I got a chance to look inside the building.

It's filled with native actual stuffed birds, mammals, posters of plants and loads of information. You know... nature stuff. Which, if one is trying to operate a 'nature center'... well, it's relatively important.

So, I'm happy... make that delighted... that someone is working hard to Greenbury Point a better place for everyone. But just who is behind all of these improvements remains a mystery.

What isn't a mystery? The birds I spotted tonight during my brief hike. Let's just say it was a tad slow, a bit windy and the lack of light didn't help matters. Without further rambling, here is the list from my stroll around the scrub around the Navy's Greenbury Point Nature Center.

Wood Duck 2
Mallard 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Chimney Swift 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 4
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 4
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 17
House Sparrow 2

Enjoy this photo of an Eastern Phoebe, one of the more impressive birds that I observed this afternoon.Finally, enjoy this good news. It's all the more reason why you should do everything you can to improve the habitat in your yard, your neighborhood, your community, your school and your place of work. Do it for the birds. And do it for all the other living creatures. Listen, the more species, the better off (and safer) we all are in the end. Everyone in favor of biodiversity, say "I"?Seriously, it's jaw-dropping stuff. Declan says that it's time to fix up the world.



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