Yesterday Jeff and I drove about an hour to Pee Dee National Wildlife Refugee.
National Park Overview:
Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge Situated along the Pee Dee River, Pee Dee NWR contains 8,443 acres in Anson and Richmond Counties, NC. The refuge was established to provide wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl.
Cooperative farming in field impoundments, water level management, and the bottomland hardwood forest along Brown Creek provide excellent habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. Wintering waterfowl numbers fluctuate greatly, but can exceed 10,000 birds yearly. The refuge also supports a small population of wintering Southern James Bay Canada geese. Pee Dee Refuge is located a few hundred yards from the once famous "Lockhart Gaddy Wild Goose Refuge". In the 1950's, Gaddy's pond wintered more than 10,000 Canada geese a year. Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge was established in October 1963 to provide additional habitat for these geese and other waterfowl. Local numbers of wintering migratory geese have dwindled in recent years, but the refuge remains an important wintering area for the remaining geese and thousands of ducks. via park website
We usually visit this refugee in the fall, when the water impoundments are full, and the weather is chilly.
Yesterday was quite different. It was very hot and steamy, and the water impoundments were just about dry.
There was still plenty of bird activity.
Some of the first birds to greet us were Eastern bluebirds….
Indigo buntings and Blue Grosbeaks were singing from the fields on either side of the road to the pond.
Caterpillars had enclosed this small tree and leaves..
We continued our walk to the woods..
Upon approaching the first pond we heard..a strange crowing coming from the area..
We couldn't figure out what it was, Wild turkey?
I searched the area from where the nonstop crowing was coming from.
This is the critter that was shouting his presence.
What was he doing in a Nature preserve…
Did frustrated owners drop him off?
He was crowing constantly…and extremely loud.
It was still early morning, but becoming hot very quickly…we went into the woods to see what birds we could find.
The forest was alive with birds calling..
Vireos…Chickadees and warblers.
I found this non bird goodie on the ground…
I usually find this growing on wood in the fall. I didn't excavate the area to find out what it was growing on.
I would normally pick this and eat it, depending upon what type of dead tree it is growing on.
This little frog was crossing the pathway.
I believe this to be a Mourning CloakBecause they have drained the water containment areas there were very few water birds…We did see some Canada Geese and Wood ducks.
Best photo I could get…too far away for my lens..
It was nice to get home and take a dip in Sickstas Pool!
Birds of the day in order of being seen.
Eastern Wood Pee wee
Brown headed cowbird
Great crested flycatcher