Date: 7/11/22 9:15 pm From: Ellynne Rey via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Norwalk River Esplanade
I recently had cause to be at a park near Wilton Center that was on part of
the Norwalk River Trail but further northwest than the Esplanade. There
were signs about the project you mentioned and a guy told me they plan on
getting rid of a dam so trout can spawn (his words) and expand the trail
all the way to Danbury, eventually. It looked like an amazing spot for
birds. Lots of tall trees, scrub, bushes, rocks/boulders, and the river. In
fact, I heard quite a variety of bird songs in the area that I walked. Lots
of joggers, bikes, and people with dogs, too, and quite a few of them
unleashed. I wondered if all the big plans will improve the area. It’s all
part of the same effort to improve the Norwalk River Trail. Guess we will
see. Maybe someone else knows more about the project.
On Monday, July 11, 2022, Adam Fasciolo via CTBirds <
> Jo and I walked the Esplanade tonight for the first time in a few months.
> The MTA is starting preparation for installation of the “walk bridge
> project”. A state and federal government approved project to improve the
> train bridge over the Norwalk River. The entire Esplanade has been mowed on
> both sides, presumably to allow trucks and machinery access to the train
> tracks. At the end, near the bridge, large areas have been cleared,
> including some trees that Herons have typically roosted in.
> There are still a lot of birds feeding on bugs over the water treatment
> tanks. And of course there are the expected birds in the river. But it’ll
> be interesting to see what happens to this site once construction kicks in
> full tilt.
> Adam Fasciolo
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