Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Boneyard at Botany Bay

Howdee all,

Today Jeff and I took a drive to Botany Bay Wildlife Management area.

When you first drive into Botany Bay you'll be greeted by a 2-3 mile stretch of live oaks creating a canopy

I should have stopped at another spot where the older oaks were..oh well, next time!

We did stop several times on the ride in to look and listen for birds.

We heard a Yellow-throated Warbler singing and stopped to find it.

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Once a private paradise, Botany Bay Plantation now beckons visitors to its tidal creeks and marshes, moss-draped roads and wave-washed beach.

Tucked away on the northeast corner of Edisto Island lies Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area and Heritage Preserve. Laced with tidal creeks, draped in hanging moss and occupied by historic structures, these 4,687 wildlife-rich acres are part of the ACE Basin Focus Area. Visitors have been amazed at what they have found here since it was opened to the public in the summer of 2008. via

Edisto's Hidden Treasure
by Debra Staples
photographs by Phillip Jones


Right away we could tell this place is real Gem…We read the history and wished we could go back in time to see what it was like in the 1800s.

Read some of Botany Bays history here.

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We knew that we weren't arriving at the best time for seeing

The Boneyard.

Most people like low tide for taking photos and many come for sunrise.

Though, in retrospect it was still beautiful.

The path to the beach and Boneyard travels through a  narrow causeway.

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_014and..Through a few hammock areas..

We were told there are resident Painted Buntings here, but we didn’t see any.

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_017Here we are..

The Beach, The Boneyard..looking south..

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_030We decided to walk north so the lighting would be better for photos.

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_018Yippee..

Some Bones..

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_025More bones…

See the heart?

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_038We noticed shell art..

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_041Throughout the Bone yard..

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Brick heart..

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_055The bones of a tree in the water..

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_056More fun with shells

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_063Shell collecting is not allowed here.

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_058Shell decorating seems to be encouraged.

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_060It certainly was fun to see and photograph..

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We walked a half mile down the beach..

Botany Bay and the Boneyard_066Birding and taking in the sights..

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It was a super time..

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at the

Boneyard in Botany Bay 

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After the Boneyard  we toured the rest of the park stopping to bird and take in a few of the historical sights. What a lovely place! We will make sure we visit again!

Birds seen at Botany BayMar 7, 2013
Botany Bay Plantation WMA
7 miles
240 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2
Red-breasted Merganser
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
American Kestrel
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
House Finch
Pine Siskin

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