Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Meadowbrook Preserve: Marblehead's Best Kept Secret

The Marblehead peninsula, home to Lakeside and the Lakeside Daisy Preserve has been featured in numerous blogs this month. Just Google "Midwest Birding Symposium" and you should get a ton of hits featuring the peninsula: East Harbor State Park's Kirtland's Warbler, the historic city of Lakeside, and for the botany minded, Lakeside Daisy Preserve. An earlier Weedpicker post gave some of those botanical highlights- just click here.

But the best kept secret on the Peninsula is the new Meadowbrook Preserve. This beautiful causeway spans a part of the wetlands, which supports various habitats, from open water to mudflats. A scant 4 miles from the Fifth Street gates of Lakeside, an inland channel feeds this phenomenal preserve which plays host to numerous species of birds, botany and much more.

Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Black-crowned Night-Herons are common fare for this wetlands. The numerous frog species may be part of the reason the herons are found here. It's essentially a fast-food market for these birds! The ducks also gathered for our viewing pleasure: Wood Ducks, Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, Green-wing Teal, and Hooded Mergansers were all well represented.

A few days after the Midwest Birding symposium, Paul Baicich and I took a whirlwind tour of the peninsula , Medusa Marsh and part of Huron. Nothing else compared to the sheer numbers we found right here at Meadowbrook Preserve. Congratulations to the Danbury Trustees for their excellent work on providing habitat and a place for people to connect with nature.

Look for these signs on Bayshore Rd, just to the east of Englebeck Rd. I predict it will be a favorite site of the Midwest Birding Symposium 2011 participants, and nearby location for excellent birding. Bring on the Whimbrels!

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