National Estuaries Day

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In the spirit of National Estuaries Day today, we’re sharing a recent excursion to a place where salt and freshwater meet.  We have driven past the Scarborough marshes many times, and last Thursday we decided to spot some Nature on the Fly at high tide.

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We set out from the parking area for a half-mile hike along the Eastern Trail, a 65 mile section of trails that is part of a larger network connecting Maine to Key West, Florida. The Scarborough portion is entirely off-road, so we only had to share the path with bikers and other pedestrians.  Many herons were wading out for a high-tide meal, and we also spotted lots of milkweed and monarch butterflies.

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For us no trip into the great outdoors is complete without a good tree climb, so we were not going to pass up the inviting oak tree hanging over the trail at the end of our hike. A nearby cormorant must have liked the spot as well, and it treated us to a display of its diving and fishing skills just feet  away in the water. Though we could see the tiny blur of cars on Route 1 a mile in the distance, we felt grateful for this protected spot a world away.

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