We walked between the raindrops. It was misty periodically, then cleared briefly and repeated. Thunder showers were forecasted but we’d decided to go in the misty rain, so as not to miss our walk for the day.
In the marsh, Solitary
and Least Sandpipers
were busy feeding, oblivious to the rain and enthusiasts who stopped at the gazebo. From there we went down to the beach. A flock of shorebirds flew by as we settled on the rocks where we watch the beach. However, activity over the bay soon caught our attention!
A Bald Eagle was fishing, though it didn’t catch anything. Then it flew to a tree just ahead of us.
The young bird perched above the boardwalk and was visible from the beach. We watched from that location for a few minutes, then walked to the area in hope of seeing it up close. The Eagle hadn’t moved.
Before long, a Blue Jay perched in the same tree and in typical Jay fashion, alerted other animals in the area about the visitor.
The Jays provide the alarm system for the animals when a predator is nearby.
As we watched the eagle, eyes fixed high in the tree, people walking along alerted us to a Red Fox on the trail.
We had caught a glimpse of one early this summer and watched every day for one. Now here it was.
It caught a squirrel among the trees and even ate a peanut left for the other animals. It didn’t stay around long when walkers approached. They spoke to us about the fox and watched with interest as a bird swooped in on the eagle. It looked like a young gull but it was an Osprey which the woman identified.
The two were Americans from Philadelphia, a long way from home. It was their last day visiting the island. We spoke about birds and they described Osprey swooping Eagles in Chesapeake Bay just as we had seen here. They were both originally from New York and Philadelphia was home now, near children and grandchildren. People have so much in common when we take the time to stop and listen. They enjoyed the peace and quiet of the island during their stay.
Eventually we continued our walk, turning around a bit earlier than usual. On the way back, the eagle was still in the same spot.
No sign of the fox however.
We arrived home as the heavens opened, glad to have chanced the rain to see the animals and meet other travellers, especially Eagles fans…