Harris Neck NWR 8/30/14

I am so sorry I am just now getting caught up on blog posts but my computer was having trouble uploading pictures and I have been very busy with schoolwork and everything else that I have not had time to update my blog. Anyways, I went to Harris Neck NWR alone on 8/30/14 and had a great time. I was, however, sad to see that Greenhead and Goose Ponds had been reduced to nothing more than a trickle. I do not know if the ponds go through a cycle or are controlled by humans but I hope they did not just dry up for good. Highlights included great looks at Roseate Spoonbills, many Blue-winged Teal, a suprising number of Black-crowned Night-Herons with views from 20 feet away and some cute Cattle Egrets! Below are the lists:

Birds (31 species, 0 lifers):

Parking Lot:

Wood Stork  1

Great Egret  2

Snowy Egret  1

Tricolored Heron  2

White Ibis  5

Roseate Spoonbill  1

Mourning Dove  2

Belted Kingfisher  1

Pileated Woodpecker  1

Eastern Wood-Pewee  1

Great Crested Flycatcher  1

White-eyed Vireo  1

Carolina Chickadee  1

Carolina Wren  2

Northern Mockingbird  1

Yellow-throated Warbler  1

Eastern Towhee  1

Northern Cardinal  3

Bluebill Pond:

Blue-winged Teal  15

Wood Stork  5

Anhinga  4

Great Egret  10

Snowy Egret  10

Tricolored Heron  15

Green Heron  3

White Ibis  60

Glossy Ibis  2     

Roseate Spoonbill  2

Common Gallinule  20

Downy Woodpecker  1

Great Crested Flycatcher  1

White-eyed Vireo  3

Blue Jay  2

Carolina Wren  1

Woody Pond:

Wood Stork  20

Great Egret  20

Snowy Egret  10

Little Blue Heron  1

Tricolored Heron  2

Black-crowned Night-Heron  5

White Ibis  30

Turkey Vulture  1

Common Gallinule  10

Red-headed Woodpecker  1

Blue Jay  1

Snipe Pond:

Wood Stork  15     Some Juveniles

Great Egret  5

Snowy Egret  15

Cattle Egret  3

White Ibis  30

Turkey Vulture  4     1 juvenile at least

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

White-eyed Vireo  1

Greenhead/Teal Ponds:

Great Egret  20

Snowy Egret  20

Little Blue Heron  1

Tricolored Heron  5

Cattle Egret  1     

White Ibis  30

Dragonflies (1 species, 0 lifers):

Eastern Pondhawk

Butterflies (2 species, 0 lifers):

Gulf Fritillary

Giant Swallowtail


White Ibis in flight


Glossy Ibis


Great Egret


Great Egret


Tricolored Heron


Roseate Spoonbill


Black-crowned Night-Heron


Giant Swallowtail


Female Eastern Pondhawk


Cattle Egret