Brunswick – On Monday morning, I drove up to the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge. While there, I walked the trail around the refuge’s Bluebill and Woody Ponds. I didn’t see quite as many migratory waterfowl as I thought I might, but there were some American Coots, Blue Winged Teal, and what were either some Bufflehead or Hooded Mergansers (I was too far away to tell which species they were). It was a bit chilly and windy, so possibly other ducks could have been sheltering from the wind. I was also surprised at how many Wood Storks were still around.
The first stop on the trail was Bluebill Pond. This is where I saw the Blue Winged Teal and the Bufflhead or Common Mergansers. Toward the back of the pond, there were also a lot of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Wood Storks. A couple of Great Blue Herons were also fishing toward the front of the pond, apparently able to tell there whether or not there was something under the algae covered surface.
The trail goes around two sides of Bluebill Pond and goes around to Woody Pond. When I walked out of the wooded portion of the trail to Woody Pond, the sky was filled with a variety of egrets, herons, and other waterfowl that seemed to be going back and forth between Bluebill Pond and Woody Pond. Along the wooded edges of Woody Pond, there were Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Black Crowned Night Herons, and Green Herons. There were also some Common Gallinules and American Coots mixed in with the wading birds.