Hidden at the extreme downeast area of the Crystal Coast, the beach adjacent to the Cedar Island Ferry terminal is a treasure not seen by many locals and often overlooked by travelers visiting the area. With its twisted and bent trees, scrub brush and adjacent marshland, one gets the sense of being somewhere remote when visiting this magical place.
Here the mighty Live Oak trees that are such a notable part of the charm of the South are dwarfed by the salty environment. The predominate winds of the area sculpt the trees, giving them shapes reminiscent of carefully crafted Bonsai trees.
A bird watchers paradise, during my visit I observed various plovers, terns, egrets, skimmers and herons. At low tide the wild birds forage for a meal in the tidal pools left behind by the receding waters.
I had came to Cedar Island with the hope of finding some of the wild Spanish Mustangs that live there. Or perhaps to see a few of the “sea cows,” the feral cattle living along its shore. While I failed to see either herd, the sight of Black Skimmers gracefully skimming the water in their search for food was a wonderful experience.
Perhaps the next time I visit this magical place I’ll be treated to a view of the wild horses and/or cows. If not, I know I’ll still get to enjoy the wonderful flora and birds making a life in this harsh but beautiful environment.
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