Wildlife Starting to Get a Move-On Along Chesapeake Bay

Photographer Jay Fleming has been out and about on the Chesapeake Bay, and happened to capture some of the action that’s revving-up. 

“Tundra Swan and other migratory waterfowl have started leaving the Chesapeake Bay to head north for their nesting grounds,” writes Jay.

Chesapeake Bay tundra swans
Tundra Swans leaving the Chesapeake Bay. Photo courtesy Jay Fleming http://www.jayflemingphotography.com

That’s above the water, There’s plenty going on underwater too.

“Yellow Perch are the first of the anadromous fish in the Chesapeake Bay to spawn. Their strands of eggs stick to limbs and sticks in the spawning streams.” says Jay. “These fish were spawning last week on the upper Magothy River about two weeks later than usual.”

Chesapeake Bay yellow perch
Yellow perch in the Chesapeake Bay. Photo courtesy Jay Fleming http://www.jayflemingphotography.com

That’s a rather quick turn of events considering just ten days earlier the Chesapeake Bay was a huge frozen pond. Jay was out on the water to see that too.

frozen Chesapeake Bay
Frozen Chesapeake Bay on March 13, 2015. Photo courtesy Jay Fleming http://www.jayflemingphotography.com

“Many of the shallower tributaries of the Chesapeake were still frozen over earlier this week,” wrote Jay earlier this month (March 13, 2015). “The icy conditions were extremely dangerous and difficult to work in; one boat gill netting off Love Point had its bottom ripped off by two sheets of ice and sunk in nearly 50 feet of water. Many watermen opted to stay on shore and work on gear for the spring, missing out on nearly three weeks of pay. The ice is starting to ‘rot’ and people are getting back to the normal routine.”

Jay’s photos are featured in regional magazine and in art shows around the Bay area. Check out his website at http://www.jayflemingphotography.com.

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