Local events and activities you may enjoy

Here are suggestions from some of our neighbors of places and events you may enjoy.

KC’s Crabs and Cues Shag night on Thursdays in Kilmarnock

Greg Howell – the Shaggin’ DJ spins Shag and Line Dance tunes beginning at 6:30 and continuing until 9:00 each Thursday.

Free dance lessons are available as follows:

Shag Beginners – 6:00 – see Earl Barton or Ray Paul to request a lesson.

Shag Beyond Beginners – 7:00

Line Dancing – 8:00 – Joy Hendershot will be teaching

KC’s Crabs and Cues is located at 10468 Jesse DuPont Memorial Hwy — that’s Hwy 200 — from our area, go to Burgess, turn right at the light onto Hwy 200/Jesse DuPont Memorial Hwy; continue 10.4 miles to KC’s on the right.

ALSO

Friday Night – Bob Wilson is playing at Good Luck Cellars  from 5:30 – 7:30.  Byrds Seafood truck has begun to sell food every Friday night also.

Good Luck Cellars is located at 1024 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock.  from our area, go to Burgess, turn right at the light onto Hwy 200/Jesse DuPont Memorial Hwy; continue 10 miles to Goodluck Road on the right; turn onto Goodluck Road, go 1.5 miles to Good Luck Cellars vineyard on the left.

We enjoy the people, food and drink as often as we can and hope folks that live and visit the PBE will attend when they can.  It’s a good time!

CAUTION: Osprey nesting . . . please do not disturb!!!

Along the Potomac River shore west of our picnic area a pair of osprey are raising two chicks.  If you are in the water near this area, PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THE OSPREY — when people approach too closely, the adults fly away, leaving the chicks unattended.  Here are some photos to show everyone the osprey family.

Looking west from our picnic area along the Potomac River shore you see the boat lift for Lot 52.  On the other side of the boat lift is a huge osprey nest on the rocks that protect the Lot 52 shoreline.


This is a photo of the osprey nest taken from the driveway of Lot 52.  The picnic area, Lot 52 boat lift and the gate across the driveway are to your right.  When this photo was made, one adult osprey was on the nest with the two chicks.


Here’s a close-up shot of the adult osprey and the chicks — the chicks are the brown objects to the right of the adult.

 

Another close-up of the adult and chicks.

CAUTION:  PLEASE GIVE THE OSPREY AND THEIR CHICKS A LOT OF ROOM. 

On the Fourth, the folks on Lot 52 observed people on jet skis zooming close in to the nest, causing the adults to fly away, thereby leaving the chicks unattended.  THIS CAN BE FATAL TO THE CHICKS.  If the adults are driven away from the nest, the chicks will be exposed to the sun, and, the adults may not return as needed to feed the chicks.

PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THE OSPREY NEST.  If you are jet-skiing in this area, please stay at least 100 yards out in the Potomac River.  If you are kayaking, please stay 75-100 yards out in the Potomac.

We need to give these birds a lot of space for the rest of the summer.  They will be gone in late September when they migrate.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION !!!


At the same time the photos of the osprey were made, a Great Blue Heron was quietly hunting in Presley Creek.

We in Potomac Bay Estates are fortunate to have so much wildlife to observe.  In addition to the osprey and Bald Eagles, we have a lot of waterfowl, both year-round residents and migratory, as well as a huge assortment of songbirds.  Our neighborhood mammals include whitetail deer, fox, coyote, opossum, racoon, groundhogs, and — reportedly — at least one black bear.  Reptiles include the occasional black snake, lots of Eastern box turtles, and an occasional snapping turtle.  Please respect the wildlife !  Thanks !

Volunteer opportunity: Thursday, July 5, 1:00 PM

We will be working in the water at the picnic area on Thursday afternoon, July 5, starting around 1:00 PM, probably a bit earlier — low tide is at 2:00 PM, so we will get started as the tide is going out.

We will take on two projects:

Secure the lid on the gabion basket that we installed a few weeks ago.  See the post below this one for details of what we did then.

Pick up rocks from the area between the breakwaters and the bulkhead.  To do this, we will wade through the area and pick up the underwater rocks we encounter.  We will pick up these rocks from the river bottom and move them to the space between the gabion basket and the western spur.

This work will require wading and working in water that varies from ankle-deep to almost chest-deep.  Wear clothing that can get wet.  Also, wear shoes suitable for wading, and, work gloves.

Meet at the picnic area if you want to work, or, if you just want to watch.  Temperatures and humidity are expected to be high, though not as brutal as the last few days.