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World Wildlife Day – A Visit to Harris Neck NWR; 03 March 2014

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Savannah – Since today is World Wildlife Day, I thought a visit to one of the National Wildlife Refuges would be in order.  My parents had been talking about making a trip down to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, so it didn’t take long to talk them into a drive down.  We walked around three of the Harris Neck Ponds:  Bluebill, Woody, and Snipe and had a great morning at the refuge.

The first stop was Bluebill Pond where the water level was higher than it has been on any of my recent trips to Harris Neck.  Accordingly, there were a lot more waterfowl and other wildlife to be seen.  There is always a lot of wild pig sign around Bluebill Pond but this morning you cold see where the wild pigs had been rooting and digging all along the bank of the pond.  The great surprise was seeing the first Wood Storks of the year, easily distinguishable by their black wing edges, along the back of the pond.  There were also a few alligators and turtles in the pond.

Wood Storks and other waterfowl along the back of Bluebill Pond.

Wood Storks and other waterfowl along the back of Bluebill Pond.  There’s not much detail due to the distance but you can clearly see the black on the Wood Stork’s wings.

Alligator on a log in Harris Neck NWR's Bluebill Pond.

Alligator on a log in Harris Neck NWR’s Bluebill Pond.

Small alligator just peeking up above the surface of Bluebill Pond.

Small alligator just peeking up above the surface of Bluebill Pond.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Alligator in Harris Neck NWR's Bluebill Pond.

Alligator in Harris Neck NWR’s Bluebill Pond.

A large turtle and small alligator sharing a log in Harris Neck's Bluebill Pond.

A large turtle and small alligator sharing a log in Harris Neck’s Bluebill Pond.

A large turtle and small alligator sharing a log in Harris Neck's Bluebill Pond.

A large turtle and small alligator sharing a log in Harris Neck’s Bluebill Pond.

After seeing the Wood Storks at Bluebill Pond, I was expecting to see some at Woody Pond.  There were a number of Egrets in the trees of the small islands in the pond, but we couldn’t see any Wood Storks.  What we did see at Woody Pond were alligators. A lot of them; 47 to be exact.  Almost all of them were small young alligators, just a few feet long, all along the bank of the pond.

Groups of small young alligators like these on the bank of Woody Pond were a common sight today.

Groups of small young alligators like these on the bank of Woody Pond were a common sight today.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Hello there! Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Hello there! Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator floating in Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator floating in Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator at the water's edge in Harris Neck NWR's Woody Pond.

Small alligator at the water’s edge in Harris Neck NWR’s Woody Pond.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Small alligator on the bank of Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Alligator peeking around a clump of small trees in Harris Neck NWR's Woody Pond.

Alligator peeking around a clump of small trees in Harris Neck NWR’s Woody Pond.

Two alligators and three turtles sharing a log in Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Two alligators and three turtles sharing a log in Woody Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

 

Tri Colored Heron

Tri Colored Heron at Harris Neck NWR’s Woody Pond.

While walking around Snipe Pond, we saw some Blue Winged Teal feeding, some small shore-birds around the mud flats in the pond, and more alligators.  Between the three ponds we saw 61 alligators today, the most I’ve ever seen at Harris Neck even if they were mostly small ones.

Blue Winged Teal in Snipe Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Blue Winged Teal in Snipe Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

I think these shore-type birds seen at Snipe Pond are Greater Yellowlegs.

I think these shore-type birds seen at Snipe Pond are Greater Yellowlegs.

Alligators on a mud flat in the middle of Snipe Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

Alligators on a mud flat in the middle of Snipe Pond at Harris Neck NWR.

 


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