Norwalk in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
While the Mill Pond Restoration Project created a better environment for animals under the water, the creatures that we can see benefiting are the birds. A variety of feathered species are drawn here by the edible plant material and the small fish, crabs and other marine animals in the pond. The birds you see will vary by the time of year.
REMEMBER: Feeding “human food,” even bread, to birds is not recommended. Please enjoy watching the birds but let them forage for themselves.
Black-Crowned Night Heron
Unlike great blue herons, which have long necks, night herons seem to have no neck at all. Night herons are so-named because they most actively feed between dusk and nightfall.
This is the most common of the large gulls in North America. The red dot on their lower bill is a pecking target for babies. Immature herring gulls are a uniform dusky brown for three years.
The white plumes of these stately birds were prized by hat factories of the late 1800s and early 1900s – including the factory that once stood on this pond’s shore.
This large bird, native to Europe, was introduced in America in the mid-1800s at the estates of the lower Hudson River valley. Though they appear graceful and charming, swans often displace native waterfowl through aggressive behavior.
These slender ducks, which dive after fish, are occasional winter visitors here. Males are mostly white, save for a green-black head and black back. Females are gray with a brown head and white chest.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals.
Location. 41° 5.916′ N, 73° 24.341′ W. Marker is in Norwalk, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Seaview Avenue and East Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Seaview Avenue. Marker is located in Mill Pond Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norwalk CT 06851, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mill Pond History (here, next to this marker); A Habitat Renewed (a few steps from this marker); Fitch’s Point (approx. 0.4 miles away); Norwalk Founded (approx. 0.4 miles away); Roger LudlowThe Marvin Property (approx. 0.7 miles away); Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Taylor Farm Park (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwalk.
More about this marker. Several photos of different species of birds appear on the marker, courtesy of Paul J. Fusco/CT DEP – Wildlife. These include the Black-Crowned Night Heron, Herring Gull, Snowy Egret, Mute Swan and Common Merganser.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.