While meandering around the suburban industrial park known as Ampoint, my wife and I came across what I believe to be a pair of great white egrets. Now, it is true that Northwest Ohio was once the Great Black Swamp, and there remains a fair amount of wetlands in the area to this day, but I was surprised to see the majestic pair taking up residence in a trash-strewn, watery corner of a vacant industrial lot.
The posted image looks almost idyllic, but I cropped out the old tires near the resting place of the birds. There are a few small lakes and larger ponds nearby, so perhaps these egrets only paused in the shade for a few minutes.
Yet there were also a few dozen geese and ducks splashing around, so it is possible that the vacant lot is slowly reverting back to a natural state. To the north side of the lot is an industrial thoroughfare with heavy truck traffic, and to the south are such businesses as sheet metal fabricators and truck rental firms.
The egrets seem to be unconcerned with the industrial zoning designation.