Serendipity

Record rainfall in June created new wetland habitat in a local marsh that overflowed its cattail border and created new ponds out of former meadow.

flooded bike path

The flood has receded somewhat, but the bike path is still flooded.

flooded bike path

There is enough water here to attract a variety of waterbirds, like this Great Blue Heron hunting right at the edge of what used to be the asphalt bike path.

great blue heron

flooded bike path

Water from the marsh flows through the bike tunnel under the road and out into meadows on either side of the trail creating (temporary?) ponds that attract a variety of wildlife.

great egret flying over the marsh

Quite a few Great Egrets use the shallow water of these temporary ponds to hunt frogs, and perhaps fish that were washed in from the marsh.

great egret panting

It’s a hot day in the marsh, and this Great Egret was panting, rapidly fluttering the skin in its throat area to cool itself.

great egret in the marsh

Another egret perched on the shore of the shallow meadow lake.

flooded marshland

I counted as many as four Green Herons hunting along the shore of this flooded meadow here.

These birds were quick to find and utilize this newly created habitat — a real serendipitous occurrence.

great blue heron flying over the marsh

4 thoughts on “Serendipity

    • I think if we keep having record rainfall, they won’t have to look for ways to flood it. We haven’t had a week without rain yet this spring/summer.

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