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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visit; 21 November 2016

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Earlier today, I visited the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in a few weeks. It was good to see that they are flooding several more impoundments for migratory waterfowl even though I didn’t see any ducks. That wasn’t surprising either given the lack of cool temperatures until today. Due to those cool temperatures, there weren’t many Alligators out and about, but some interesting bird sightings made up for it. Among the birds seen today:  American Bitter (the first time I’ve seen one in flight, unfortunately I didn’t get a photo), Black Crowned Night Heron (at noon!), immature Cooper’s Hawk, Great Blue Herons, immature and mature Little Blue Herons, and White Ibis

Alligator warming up in the sun on a clear, cool day

Alligator warming up in the sun on a clear, cool day

Immature Cooper's Hawk looking to the left...

Immature Cooper’s Hawk looking to the left…

Ahead "What are you looking at!?"...

Ahead, “What are you looking at!?”…

And to the left

And to the left

I was surprised to see this Black Crowned Night Heron out and about at noon!

I was surprised to see this Black Crowned Night Heron out and about at noon!

Juvenile Alligator floating around in the diversion canal

Juvenile Alligator floating around in the diversion canal

Many of the large Alligators seen today were on the other side of the diversion canal in lower water

Many of the large Alligators seen today were on the other side of the diversion canal in lower water

I wonder if this Alligator...

I wonder if this Alligator…

Was who this very large Alligator was bellowing at before...

Was who this very large Alligator was bellowing at before…

Crawling through the grass...

Crawling through the grass…

And eventually out of sight

And eventually out of sight

Great Blue Heron perched in a tree and almost blending in with its surroundings

Great Blue Heron perched in a tree and almost blending in with its surroundings

Now that temperatures are starting to drop, I hope the migratory waterfowl start showing up in numbers. I’ve seen some American Coots, and a few Blue Winged Teal and Northern Shovelers in previous visits but I’m ready to see more ducks!


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