Debbie and I just came back from a camping trip at the Okefenokee. The welcome committee was a group of five Swallow-tailed Kites soaring above the camping area. A pair of Northern Parulas were busy around our site. Over the five days, we saw around our camp site the Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow Throated Warblers, lots of White Throated Sparrows, more warblers and various woodpeckers, not to forget Ruby-crowned Kinglets and the wrens.
|This is supposed to be a Prothonotary Warbler.|
|Friendly Little Blue Heron.|
Back to camp. A Hermit Thrush lives around our site and we saw him everyday. A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers played around the campground everyday. And a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks were nesting across the street from the campground.
In the morning, you are awaken by the choir of birds in this nature cathedral. You love it and smile, then hate yourself for not knowing all the warbler chorus yourself. (Yes, we left a few warblers unidentified during this trip). The Baltimore Oriole did perform a long solo one early morning that was unmistakable. (We still double-checked with a bird ap to be sure about our surprise guest).
One morning, a Barred Owl flew in front of our canoe and landed for a picture moment. Our camera was so uncooperative we almost just threw it in the water. He came back (or sent his brother) to our camp site the next morning and hooted near our tent!!! Nice, very nice.
Now, please tell me, why do we have so few birders going to the Okefenokee? The yellow flies, or the summer heat? Well, just get there between late March and beginning May before the heat and the yellow flies. Give a try, you'll go back like we've been doing.