Egrets and Herons at the Carrollton Water Treatment Plant

Is there any season better than springtime? Seriously, no matter what your climate, spring rocks. We don’t have crocuses here, but we’ve got marching bands and sunshine and the way it smelled today. I rode up to campus and did a quick loop around the park before a couple of quick meetings with students. I love watching the birds dive for whatever, bobbing up and down. I like how their webbed feet fold up and you can see them flapping about as they swim along. Oh, and when they come in  for a landing, slowing up and dipping their toes in! Waterfowl get me every time, I tell you. I continued my ride up Carrollton and then around Hollygrove and over to the Carrollton Water Treatment Plant. I’ve passed this place a zillion times, but never on the Monticello Avenue side. I rode up on this grassy path–that I’ve never seen before–and watched as bunches of egrets and a few herons flew in packs to line the walkways and walls around the ponds–each one of those white spots in the distance are birds. This is our water treatment plant (except when it loses power for just a few minutes, when it doesn’t really treat our water), but it is apparently also a bird habitat. I love that I have ridden a bicycle around the city for literally thousands of miles, and I just found this place today. And its Mardi Gras and then its going to be summertime and I get to ride my bike.

3 thoughts on “Egrets and Herons at the Carrollton Water Treatment Plant

  1. A rookery, no doubt, and a wonderful discovery. The grace and elegance of these fowl are only exceeded by the comedic inelegance of their chicks which should be appearing in the future. I envy your opportunity to witness this remarkable exhibition of Nature during the spring.

    Thanks for sharing this find, Kate.

  2. There are several collective nouns for egrets, but this definitely merits the “congregation of egrets” label. I also read that they prefer crowded urban nesting places like this rather than open, non-urban locations due to fewer predators. What predators lurk at the WTP?

  3. Pingback: Birds on an Island in Druid Hill Reservoir « What I Saw Riding My Bike Around Today

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