Wildlife abounds at Essex Street Marsh

Posted July 05, 2012, at 10:09 a.m.
An adult mallard and chicks explore Essex Street Marsh.
Dave Small
An adult mallard and chicks explore Essex Street Marsh.
An immature male American redstart.
Dave Small
An immature male American redstart.
A green heron.
Dave Small
A green heron.
Butterflies were plentiful. Here's a little wood satyr.
Dave Small
Butterflies were plentiful. Here's a little wood satyr.
A muskrat tows a reed across the marsh.
Dave Small
A muskrat tows a reed across the marsh.
A painted turtle.
Dave Small
A painted turtle.
A yellow warbler.
Dave Small
A yellow warbler.

The Essex Street Marsh is a great place to observe nature. For me, it’s great location to just drop in on while between errands and obligations. Responsibilities and rain seemed to time themselves perfectly to limit my outside adventures to just a few and local. This past week was such a time. All my images today were taken at the Essex Street. Marsh. It simply amazes me how much wildlife there is right in town.

Although it does not show well in the photo, the American redstart looks like a juvenile, displaying just a touch of yellow on its flanks. I’ve read about the green heron being at the marsh, but in several years of looking, I’d never seen it. Patience paid off last week with a great view of this bird. The captured image does not do the critter justice. It will leave me trying to improve upon it.

Butterflies were plentiful and the little wood-satyr posed nicely for me. I caught the local muskrat towing a reed across the pond and a painted turtle enjoying the sun.

A yellow warbler sang a song, but my favorite image was the juvenile mallard flapping its new wings … well almost wings.

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