Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Expert Fishers of Fort Miﬄin
Three species of birds that depend entirely on wetland areas and frequently seen here at Fort Mifflin are the Great Egret, Great Blue Heron and Belted Kingfisher.
The population of Great Egrets suffered drastically during the 19th century, when they were hunted for their elegant plumage. Their long white feathers decorated fashionable ladies’ hats. Today their numbers have largely recovered. If you’re lucky, you may see the Great Egret stalking our moat in search of fish.
Great Blue Heron
The Great Blue Heron can stand as a statue, searching the water below for movement. It swallows its prey whole, flipping and turning it until it goes head-first down the gullet. If disturbed, the heron may give a croak-ing call and fly away.
You may first notice the Belted Kingfisher (named for the bands of color over its breast) as a low-flying, speeding object making a raucous, rattling call.
Location. 39° 52.502′ N, 75° 12.731′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from W Fort Mifflin Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located along the moat on the east side of Fort Mifflin. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19153, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Muddy Island in the Marsh (a few steps from this marker); What Makes Wetlands? (a few steps from this marker); Native Plants of Fort Mifflin (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Gate / Flag (within shouting distance of this marker); Arsenal (within shouting distance of this marker); Casemates or Bombproofs (within shouting distance of this marker); Torpedo Casemate (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
Also see . . . The Fort that saved America. The Official Website of Fort Mifflin on the Delaware. (Submitted on November 11, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Animals • Natural Resources •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.