Lock 12

Lock 12 at Holtwood is alive, and I mean alive, with nesting migratory birds. As I was down there today, it sounded like a tropical rain forest. Birds were everywhere. Warbling, red-eyed and yellow-throated vireos were heard, as well as Baltimore and orchard Orioles, indigo buntings and cerulean warblers.

Other birds reported by birders there today were black-throated blue, black-throated green, blackpoll and redstart warblers.

Nesting is rampant: I observed at least three Baltimore oriole nests being built, one of which is visible from the Lock 12 parking lot. Another nice surprise was a ruby-throated hummingbird constructing an almost completed nest on a thin Sycamore branch overhanging the wooden steps up to the Lock 12 interpretive area. This digiscoped picture shows the lichens and spider webs that go into the incredible nest, which is about the size of a quarter.


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