Thursday, August 16, 2012

Recently I traveled to Washington DC to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts. One of the stops on our trip was to Mount Vernon in Alexandria, VA. Situated along the Potomac River, Mount Vernon is just 16 miles south of Washington, D.C., and was the home of George and Martha Washington. We had walked down to the wharf to catch a boat tour along the Potomac. While waiting, we had the opportunity to see some nesting Osprey. Ospreys are fish-eating birds of prey that can reach up to 24 inches in height and have a wing span of up to 71 inches. They are sometimes referred to as Sea Hawks or Fish Eagles. The birds we saw had made their nest on the pylons along the pier. I was able to snap this picture as one was returning to the nest with food for the little ones.