Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pettigrew State Park~the fog lifts

Howdee all,

Remember the day It was so foggy on Lake Phelps that

I went Jewel hunting instead?

Before we arrived at the lake..we saw hundreds of snow geese in a farmers field.

It was foggy..

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We arrived at the lake and it was foggy…

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I went jewel hunting and since we couldn’t bird the lake we went on a bird hike through the park.

I think this is a Sycamore tree..

You could see right thru it!

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_007Upside down heart and funky roots~

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_042Another tree hollowed out..

it’s a wonder these trees are still standing!

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_045Our main mission to the park today was to scope out the campground to see if our Homey would fit. This is a much better location for birding the Pocosin Lakes NWR and surrounding area.

You can see below that the campground is not full..

( we are now here)

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_098The first part of the walk goes through

Somerset Place, a North Carolina state historic site that includes a restored 1830s plantation home and outbuildings that can be toured, including reconstructed slave quarters.

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I think that this is also a Sycamore..Please correct me if I am wrong.

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_094A gorgeous tree!

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The view from the plantation house looking toward the lake which is still foggy.

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We continue our walk past various spider web structures.

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Tundra Swan pass overhead…

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We take the pathway to another part of Lake Phelps…maybe the fog has burned off by now..

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_084Boardwalk to the overlook..

this view is looking from the overlook back to the path we came in on.

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_081ahhhh…not as foggy as this morning.

We saw some ducks and Swans…but many too far to ID.

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_072We headed back to our car..

We counted at least ten Pileated Woodpeckers in the area.

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_087Signs of Sapsucker..

We did see Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

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We went to the same pier I photographed this morning…what a difference!

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Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_100We traveled on stopping at a lake in the Pocosin Lake NWR

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_101Pungo Lake

Tundra Swan

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_103Thousands of Snow Geese in the distance.

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Check out the video of the pond..

 

We ended our day watching Tundra Swan having dinner…

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_122And then flying off to roost for the night..

Pocosin Lakes, Lake Phelps_123A lovely day!

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