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.
The flood has receded somewhat, but the bike path is still flooded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another egret perched on the shore of the shallow meadow lake.
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.