Mary Reid Barrow, The Virginian-Pilot

Mary Reid Barrow

The Virginian-Pilot

Virginia Beach, VA, United States

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Past articles by Mary Reid:

Mary Reid Barrow: In final nature column, a thank you to experts, readers alike

Retiring Beacon columnist Mary Reid Barrow looks back at 30 years of nature columns from tangled eagles to hiding ibises. → Read More

Seas and wildlife after Dorian prove to be picture perfect

Coastal Journal: After Dorian, we were apt to see everything from dolphins leaping from the rolling waves, to tiny perfect shells washed up on the sand, columnist Mary Reid Barrow writes. → Read More

Fresh mackerel falling from the sky surprises North End residents

Fish raining from the sky is one of those unique summer experiences you might have in a coastal community where ospreys nest along the waterways and fish in the rivers, → Read More

Coastal Journal | Lacewing larva, referred to as trash bug, makes unexpected appearance on deck rail

You wonder how a dainty green lace wing mom could possibly produce this unkempt, hungry child. Shorn of its trash, the little larva is an ugly thing too, with brown → Read More

Virginia Beach Middle School Butterfly Garden a home to dozens of species of insects

A couple of weeks ago, the garden's founder Maurice Cullen said he was able to identify more than 40 species in less than a half hour. → Read More

Walking survey along 64th Street offers views of nesting ospreys

A mile or so walk down 64th Street from the Narrows parking lot will put you in within eyesight of a dozen or so nests, more than in recent counts, → Read More

Wildlife photos: Red fox siblings frolic in Cypress Point neighborhood

A pair of red fox siblings, born under a Cypress Point home's deck, were photographed playing together. → Read More

Peregrine falcon watchers keep eyes on Town Center pair

Birdwatchers are hopeful for a happy ending for this year's pair. Two year's ago the birds' first younger flew into a window and was killed; last year they were scared → Read More

Wildlife photos: Red-tailed hawk brazenly eats prey in Chesapeake yard

A Chesapeake resident got a close-up of a red-tailed hawk that was eating its prey as she got closer taking photos. → Read More

Wildlife photos: Seal sunning on Chic's Beach, and are hummingbirds back yet?

A pair of seals "shimmied" out of the water at Chic’s Beach, west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, recently and one photographer was able to get a photo of it. → Read More

Photo of cottonmouths at Back Bay goes viral after Charlotte Observer story

A Virginia Beach woman's photo of four cottonmouths at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge goes viral after Charlotte Observer picks up the story. → Read More

Time to take a walk, count the birds for the Great American Bird Count

It’s time to spread the table with goodies to welcome the birds to the Great Back Yard Bird Count Feb. 15-18. You can take part in the count from your → Read More

Wildlife photos: Fox couple stop their friskiness just before photo shoot

A Little Neck resident saw foxes mating in his yard; but by the time he grabbed his camera, they had stopped and looked away as if to say, "Who? Us?" → Read More

If you've ever lost a fishing lure, it may be on this tree

While paddling local rivers, kayakers Gayle Owens and John Murray collect fishing lures that anglers have left behind after snagging them in trees. They've hung the shiny objects on a → Read More

Open wide! Cottonmouth moccasin gapes at Virginia Beach hikers

June McDaniels photographed a cottonmouth moccasin at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. “He was just defending himself,” McDaniels said. → Read More

Recent storms could liven up “Sea Birding” meeting Nov. 12 by Virginia Beach Audubon Society

A great egret was recently spotted standing tall over several roseate spoonbills at Craney Island. Additional Close Encounters reported to Mary Reid Barrow include soaring turkey vultures, an invasion of → Read More

Wildlife photos: This moth with yellow horns is truly "imperial"

If you see an imperial moth caterpillar, it metamorphose into a dark yellow female moth with purplish spots or male with the same colors but with two eyespots on the → Read More

Yes, they're really blue. Hurricane deposits foreign jellyfish on local shores.

Blue button jellyfish are usually found in warmer waters, but get blown our way in storms. Other wildlife sightings this week include a Close Encounters with a hatching turtle and → Read More

Thomas Jefferson vine easily finds a home in Virginia

A hyacinth bean doesn’t fall far from the vine, both figuratively and literally. → Read More

80 percent of water samples from the Indian River shows signs of dog waste

Columnist Mary Reid Barrow and her dog encourage people to "scoop the poop" and attend Elizabeth RiverFest on Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Bride's Episcopal Church in Chesapeake. → Read More