Another cold morning in Georgia…I put on my down coat and went for a morning walkA mist of cold above the water…Here we sit…our windows face the lakeThe car was frosty..The Eucalyptus tree …reminds me this is a warm weather area..
Harris Neck NWR was established in 1962 by transfer of federal lands formerly managed by the Federal Aviation Administration as a WWII Army airfield. Located in McIntosh County, Georgia, the refuge serves as an important link in the chain of refuges along the Atlantic seaboard, and is the inland base for two neighboring barrier island refuges, Blackbeard Island and Wolf Island refuges, both located southeast of Harris Neck.
Harris Neck's 2,762 acres consists of saltwater marsh, grassland, mixed deciduous woods, and cropland. Because of this great variety in habitat, many different species of birds are attracted to the refuge throughout the year. In the summer, thousands of egrets and herons nest in the swamps, while in the winter, large concentrations of ducks (especially mallards, gadwall and teal) gather in the marshland and freshwater pools.
OH NO!This tree was yelling something…Do you think there is a bird in its mouth?I don’t know why it was yelling…maybe I just startled it…Or MAYBe it was surprised how chilly it was for a January day in Georgia.Second stop…. the birdie Bluebill PondLots of Cooties…I loved the green muck in the water…Isn't it beautiful?
We saw at least eight Snipe…More coots..we did see many other ducks here…List at the end of this post..The Coots were the only birds that got close enough…For my point and shoot camera to photographIts times like these I wish I had a big lens DSLR
Instead I will be happy with what I can capture with my point and shoot…Ohh..lookie here..Red-shouldered Hawk..And another coot…Two more Coot..We left the pond and drove a bit further checking out the water areas along the road..We parked the car and took another walking path to a few small ponds..A Possum crosses the road…Small ponds..hard to see the birds..mostly Coot..and too far away for photos…So I take a few shots of cat tail..I really liked the fuzzy seed heads…We walked further….And one of those Walking helmets cross the road.A great day….
Jeff and I are now in Sunny Florida..well not too sunny today..its overcast, breezy and beautifully warm..73 degrees. Tomorrow is the start of the Space Coast Bird and Wildlife festival…We have a 4:30 am start to the day..Early to bed for me tonight!
Birds of the Day
Yellow rump warbler
Red bellied woodpecker
Ruby crowned kinglet
Green winged teal
Ring necked duck
Common merganser my bad..meant to put Bufflehead thanks Scott for the heads up
Pied billed grebe
Blue wing teal
Red winged blackbird
Red shouldered hawk
Common Moorhen..thanks Hap. I forgot to add