Savannah – Yesterday, I visited the Savannah National Wildife Refuge’s Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive on a dismal, rainy day. I didn’t know how much I’d see, but it turned out to be a pretty good visit. Since I hadn’t seen very many migratory waterfowl except for Coots on recent visits, I was hoping to catch some ducks. Not long after starting down the wildlife drive, my hopes were fulfilled when I saw a couple of Blue Winged Teal. A while later I saw what I believed to be a single Ruddy Duck and farther along on the other side of the diversion canal, there was a large group of Ring Neck Ducks. Along the way, I also saw two Sora Rails; it’s rare to see one, much less two Sora Rails, so that was a treat! Even though it was almost noon, I also saw a Whitetail Deer moving along a woodline into the woods; unfortunately it had its head in the woods so I couldn’t tell if it was a buck or a doe. It was also a good day for raptor sightings; most were too far away, but one Red Shouldered Hawk was just within range even though the lighting wasn’t very good.
Conditions haven’t been very good for alligator sightings lately. I don’t think they like the current in the diversion canal since the dike that seperated it from the Savannah River was damaged during Hurricane Matthew. It’s also been a bit too cool for them to be active. Anyway, I hope the temperatures continue to drop a bit and more ducks and other migratory waterfow start making their way south. It seems that they come later and later each year.