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Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge; 05 April 2014

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Brunswick – Yesterday morning, I took advantage of the last day of pleasant weather for a few days to take a ride up to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.  On my last visit I noticed that the Wood Storks were starting to come back for nesting season so I was eager to get back and see how many more were there.  I got there shortly after 0800 and stayed until around 1030; it was very buggy and I took more than a few insect bites but it was worth it! Wood Storks and Egrets were nesting in large numbers in the tree covered islands of Woody Pond.  It was fun to watch the Storks and Egrets fly into the nearby woods to retrieve sticks and small branches to build their nests with then fly back to the islands. Prior to hanging around at Woody Pond for awhile, though, I walked back to Bluebill Pond where I saw a couple of Green Herons. After Woody Pond I walked around Snipe Pond where I saw some more Wood Storks as well as being able to see the back end of Woody Pond and even more of the nesting Storks and Egrets.  Interestingly, the man made nesting platforms were empty but the small trees on the islands were packed full; it almost looked like it had snowed on them!

Small Alligator floating in Bluebill Pond

Small Alligator floating in Bluebill Pond

Female Anhinga at Bluebill Pond

Female Anhinga at Bluebill Pond

Male Anhinga at Bluebill Pond

Male Anhinga at Bluebill Pond

Green Heron at Bluebill Pond

Green Heron at Bluebill Pond

Wood Storks and Egrets nesting in the trees of the islands in Woody Pond

Wood Storks and Egrets nesting in the trees of the islands in Woody Pond

Wood Storks and Egrets nesting in the trees of the islands in Woody Pond

Wood Storks and Egrets nesting in the trees of the islands in Woody Pond

Wood Storks atop the trees of one of the islands in Woody Pond

Wood Storks atop the trees of one of the islands in Woody Pond

Wood Stork flying over Woody Pond

Wood Stork flying over Woody Pond

Wood Stork alighting in a tree along Woody Pond

Wood Stork alighting in a tree along Woody Pond

That's why the sign says "Area Beyond This Sign Closed"

That’s why the sign says “Area Beyond This Sign Closed”

Small Alligators along the bank of Woody Pond

Small Alligators along the bank of Woody Pond

Small Alligators along the bank of Woody Pond

Small Alligators along the bank of Woody Pond

Small Alligator along the bank of Woody Pond

Small Alligator along the bank of Woody Pond

This large alligator caused me to turn around and go the other way; he was too close to the trail for my comfort

This large alligator caused me to turn around and go the other way; he was too close to the trail for my comfort

Female Anhinga at Woody Pond

Female Anhinga at Woody Pond

My walk around Snipe Pond, however, was cut short by a huge alligator basking in the sun near the trail.  Needless to say I decided to give him a wide berth and go back the other way!  After leaving Snipe Pond, I saw another good sized alligator sunning alongside the asphalt road and a fairly large turtle doing the same.

Large alligator along the side the road through Harris Neck NWR

Large alligator along the side the road through Harris Neck NWR

Turtle along the side of the road through Harris Neck NWR

Turtle along the side of the road through Harris Neck NWR

If you want to see some of the endangered Wood Storks while they’re nesting, this is the time of the year to get out to Woody Pond.  Harris Neck has a large number of them nesting in Woody Pond and they’re easily seen and photographed.  You can also see Anghinas, Herons, various ducks and other waterfowl as well as turtles and alligators.


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