Late one evening recently I stood on a rise in Ballantyne, looking down on a flooded marsh surrounded by thick brush. I was there to look for a snowy egret that had been reported and within a few seconds I spied it in the center of the shallow water and mud. That’s a nice bird to see in Mecklenburg. I didn’t have a lot of time, but I did linger for about 10 minutes to see what else was stirring.
Of course, there were Canada geese, mallards, and a great blue heron; all three mainstays in that kind of habitat. For no apparent reason, a red-shouldered hawk flushed out of the taller shrubs ringing the water. I’m sure it knew I was there and was hoping I would leave before its stress level grew to the flushing point. I won that one.
I even got to see the creators of this fine habitat when a pair of beavers swam into view, ready to begin the night’s work of reinforcing mud dams and chewing on trees.
So, whether you are a chaser or a sitter there is always something to see, birdwise. If you are a sitter, find a good view and enjoy the show.