The natural areas of Oxon Cove Park have an active avian fauna where bald eagles can be seen soaring directly over the park. In addition, the park is a nesting or foraging habitat for at least 58 species of waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors. Yellow-breasted chat, northern oriole, common snipe, grasshopper sparrow, common yellowthroat, eastern meadowlark, northern harrier, kestrel, red-shouldered, and red-tailed hawks, all utilize the park's shrub/meadow habitat.
Queen snakes, a species listed as uncommon by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, has been observed at Oxon Cove. Other reports by of interest by visitors include the presence of spotted salamanders and historic reports of green tree frogs.
With more and more development taking place in surrounding areas, wildlife has become part of the Oxon Hill Farm scene--where domesticated and wild animals are co-existing. Take a walk around the farm and you may see deer eating from the goat's trough or a flock of wild turkeys looking for food in the cow pasture.
Click above to read about some of these interesting animals that can be found on Oxon Hill Farm and the natural areas of Oxon Cove.
Did You Know?
The white farm house at Oxon Hill Farm was known as Mount Welby in the early 1800s. In 1891, Saint Elizabeths Hospital acquired Mount Welby and renamed it Godding Croft. The white farm house is the oldest structure in the park.