Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Misc.: Touche Touchet in Elkridge; Continuing Red-breasted Mergansers; Tree-felling Along the Path

Touche Touchet Bakery in the Atholton area of Columbia recently expanded into a new place in Elkridge. I've enjoyed lunch there with a friend, and last weekend I stopped in to try the advertised New Orleans-style beignets. They are something like sopapillas, but maybe lighter and flakier. The beignets are only available on weekends, and only as long as supplies for the day last. They are cooked to order and brought to your table still hot. I'll be back, but I'll still visit the original bakery, still in operation. (Both locations are near established birding spots.) The original Atholton Touche Touchet's website is in my link list, and it has a button leading to the Elkridge website.

Those red-breasted mergansers featured in my last post were still on Lake Kittamaqundi this morning -- but the females have left. Only the three males remain.

Residents near the north end of the lake (including myself) are both puzzled and upset by the extensive felling of trees along the path. It was done last year and the logs and stumps were left to create a wonderful disaster zone look. Assuming it's the work of Columbia Association Open Space -- usually signs explain what is going on and why, but not in this case. After several conversations with neighbors, I finally sent an email to various authorities, but I'm guessing it might have something to do with the constant hazard of falling trees and limbs in this area during rough weather. I've been told in the past that the ground is constantly wet and not suitable for these trees. Another possibility for the mass felling is the ongoing program to control the emerald ash borer. (Meanwhile, near this path, surveying for a stream restoration project was done recently, and work has begun already on the Wilde Lake section of the stream on the other side of Little Patuxent Parkway.)

And Gracey carries on....

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