A natural joy [Editorial]

Despite the sprawling, and still growing, megalopolis from Richmond to Boston that’s been wiping out open space in this region for decades, there’s still plenty of natural wonder. And there’s at least one enthusiastic naturalist, Frank Marsden, to share his joy with the rest of us.

In The Aegis Friday, several of Marsden’s photos showed an osprey just doing what ospreys do – hunt and eat. His photos and accompanying text to some of his online followers belie that it was just an osprey doing something mundane.

“I am having the most delightful dilemma this week,” Marsden wrote, “of what cool shots and events to share with you. I get so excited by what I get to see and that I cannot wait to share with you. Some weeks I want to send an email every day. This week I had to decide to share an exciting moment full of a rarely seen species in this area.”

Marsden does much of his nature watching in northern Harford County, more specifically, within the confines of the Eden Mill Nature Center, with which he has a long history of volunteering. Within days of shooting the osprey dive, he came face-to-face with a sandhill crane, not seen too often in the county.

That doesn’t mean a trip to Eden Mill in Pylesville is required; it’s not.

There are osprey that build those gnarly, large nests in Havre de Grace, at the opposite end of the county, usually on utility poles, which makes them a target for eviction from the power company.

There are all kinds of other wildlife that are easily spotted throughout Harford County; one just needs to know what they’re looking for as well as when and where to look.

That also doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy what Marsden makes available to us. We should and we did with last week’s osprey pics.

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