Sherwood Mill Pond is one of Westport’s most beautiful spots. Teeming with wildlife, it’s loved by photographers, painters, kayakers, fishermen, and anyone who likes to admire nature.
However, the site is not always respected.
Yesterday, an alert — and saddened — “06880” reader sent this disturbing photo:
The egret died after getting tangled in a fishing line that had been cast over an electric line.
Similar lines, the reader says, are also collecting debris and trapping waterfowl.
The bird died very close to the estuary designed expressly for the preservation of wildlife. “Tidal Gates Park” — on the way to Compo Cove — is where 2 hurricane-damaged houses were demolished a couple of years ago.
Someone posted a notice near the dead egret. “This is unacceptable,” it says. “Clean up your lures & lines.”
Sure, it was hot today.
It’s summer. What do you expect?
(Well, we did not expect a “heat dome,” probably because we’ve never heard of it before. It’s probably an invention of the Weather Channel, just like winter storms with names like Juno and Xerxes.)
Here’s what Compo Beach looked like at various times today.
Enjoy — and bookmark this page, so you can enjoy it again in January. And February. And March…
Sunrise at the beach. (Photo/Dayle Brownstein)
It wasn’t too hot for this egret… (Photo/Amy Schneider)
…or for these guys. (Photo/Dan Woog)
The marina was active today — but also very serene. (Photo/Dan Woog)
Life is good, as the sun sets. (Photo/Dan Woog)
Alert “06880” reader/photographer/nature lover Seth Schachter was strolling along the Sherwood Mill this morning.
He spotted an egret in the raceway at Compo Cove. The handsome bird was looking for fish coming off high tide, as they swept through the gates.
Seth’s patience was rewarded.
So was the egret’s, as these photos show.