Yesterday, we walked around the boardwalk in anticipation of the Prothonotary Warblers' return. Although we did not find any Prothonotary Warblers, we did complete the Swamp Snake Slam! Actually, one more Red-bellied Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster) and we would have completed a double slam. There are five species of snakes that are likely to be seen in the swamp from the boardwalk. Although spotting four of the five species is not unusual during the spring with its warm days and cool nights, seeing all five species during one trip around the boardwalk is a rarity. The experience is rare enough that we created a certificate awarded to anyone in a guided group or anyone that can show images of all five species.
Although we did not find our primary quarry, the Prothonotary Warbler, we will continue to search each day until they return. The office pool ranges from an early date of today to the slightly tardy date of the 29th. Stay tuned!
Images by Mark Musselman