Savannah – Since today is World Wildlife Day, I thought a visit to one of the National Wildlife Refuges would be in order. My parents had been talking about making a trip down to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, so it didn’t take long to talk them into a drive down. We walked around three of the Harris Neck Ponds: Bluebill, Woody, and Snipe and had a great morning at the refuge.
The first stop was Bluebill Pond where the water level was higher than it has been on any of my recent trips to Harris Neck. Accordingly, there were a lot more waterfowl and other wildlife to be seen. There is always a lot of wild pig sign around Bluebill Pond but this morning you cold see where the wild pigs had been rooting and digging all along the bank of the pond. The great surprise was seeing the first Wood Storks of the year, easily distinguishable by their black wing edges, along the back of the pond. There were also a few alligators and turtles in the pond.
After seeing the Wood Storks at Bluebill Pond, I was expecting to see some at Woody Pond. There were a number of Egrets in the trees of the small islands in the pond, but we couldn’t see any Wood Storks. What we did see at Woody Pond were alligators. A lot of them; 47 to be exact. Almost all of them were small young alligators, just a few feet long, all along the bank of the pond.
While walking around Snipe Pond, we saw some Blue Winged Teal feeding, some small shore-birds around the mud flats in the pond, and more alligators. Between the three ponds we saw 61 alligators today, the most I’ve ever seen at Harris Neck even if they were mostly small ones.
I'm a Dispatcher, Amateur Radio Operator, Radio Monitoring enthusiast, Motor Sport fan, and Blogger. Most of my amateur radio activity is voice because I mostly operate from a mobile station (listen out for me operating from Jekyll Island, IOTA NA-058). On the radio monitoring side of things, I enjoy listening to military aviation, Fire/EMS, and USCG/Federal comms. I'm a sports car/touring/GT, Formula 1, and IndyCar racing fan who's become disenchanted with NASCAR racing.
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