Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Birding at the Morton Refuge Nature Trail
Last September, J and I hiked to Jessup's Neck at the Morton Wildlife Refuge. When we went back this weekend, the beach was closed so piping plovers could nest. We did just the 1.2-mile nature loop, which leads to the beach but not down it.
J has been coming here her whole life and knows where to look for birds. We fed chickadees briefly, including one chick young enough to still have a few tufty baby feathers. We also saw a swan family, pictured above, plenty of frogs, and several ospreys and egrets.
It's an easy walk, but if you stop and take in all the sights, it ends up taking quite a while. Nevertheless, some people just rush past it as a cheap way to get to the beach.