Last Tuesday, we took advantage of the "eye of the storm" to make a quick walk around the 1.75-mile boardwalk. We quickly spied a Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) and a Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina), both likely in search of mates.
A shower of Red Maple debris greeted us early along the boardwalk. Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) are messy eaters.
|Red Maple seeds on boardwalk - Mark Musselman|
|Upland forest - Mark Musselman|
|Swamp - Mark Musselman|
|Water flowing by knees - Mark Musselman|
|Log across channel - Mark Musselman|
We saw plenty of birds that were also taking advantage of the break in the rain.
Francis Beidler Forest Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Dorchester, US-SC
Feb 12, 2013 1:55 PM - 3:55 PM
Comments: Mostly cloudy, 60Fs
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2
Barred Owl (Strix varia) 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 5
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 4
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 11
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 10
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 12
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 9
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 3
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 20
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6
At #7, an Eastern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus) took the opportunity to catch some sun atop the log it uses for its winter den.
|Eastern Cottonmouth - Mark Musselman|
|Beaver gnawing on Sweet Gum - Mark Musselman|
Approaching Goodson Lake, evidence of fresh beaver (Castor canadensis) foraging could be seen on numerous trees and knees. Like many of us, we're sure the beavers are looking forward to the warmer, sunnier weather of spring. However, unlike the beavers, we do not need to worry that the warming temperatures allow the alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) to feed once more.