|Bride Brook marsh|
We hiked at Rocky Neck State Park on Saturday. The still ungreen marshes were alive with egrets and herons, green-winged teal and black ducks, and double-crested cormorants. A pair of ospreys fussed with sticks in their nest upon a platform. A flock of glossy ibis moved systematically through the reeds, poking their long curved bills into the roots and stems.
We looked for terrapin, but saw only minnows. The breeze, for the first time since October, had no bite to it, but was soft and warm.
The campground, which is still closed this time of year, is on the east side of the marsh. On the west side is a rocky spine of land that runs between the brook and Four Mile river. We hiked up along it watching the birds - more egrets, a great blue heron and a pair of hooded mergansers in their spring finery.
Nico and his friend Sam climbed some rocks and trees as we went northward up the spine and then back southward toward the beach. We had a picnic in the sun on the rocks below the enormous stone pavilion. As the afternoon came on more people arrived, walking, picnicking, clambering out the long stony jetty, or flirting with the cold ocean on the white sandy beach itself.