Garrick Road Tract

John Grego, 08/21/2007

I took advantage of a temporary dip in temperature (high of 95!) to visit the Garrick Road tract. I had intended to make only a short visit to the longleaf pine forest there. But when I reached the muck swamp, it looked dry, so I struck out southward. Other than a couple small puddles, the swamp was dry. I heard, then saw, a Hairy Woodpecker during one stop, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were near one of the puddles. Leaving the swamp behind, I passed some impressive loblolly pines, a couple big (but not huge) cypress trees with wide branching crowns, and a well-documented 16' swamp chestnut oak. Hiking was very pleasant through this open forest.

I had cheated to the west on the way south, so when I headed back north, I ran into the pine plantation that extends well into the floodplain on the west end of the tract. This area has changed alot since the last burn--it used be dense and dark, but it's opened up nicely.

On the last part of the hike, I flushed a few Chipping Sparrows--I'm still awaiting the day other longleaf savannah specialists return to this tract.

Birding List

  • Turkey Vulture 1
  • Mourning Dove 4
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
  • Chimney Swift 1
  • Red-headed Woodpecker 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
  • Downy Woodpecker 1
  • Hairy Woodpecker 1
  • Pileated Woodpecker 6
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee 7
  • Acadian Flycatcher 2
  • White-eyed Vireo 3
  • Blue Jay 1
  • American Crow 1
  • Carolina Chickadee 1
  • Tufted Titmouse 3
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 1
  • Carolina Wren 7
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
  • Northern Parula 2
  • Pine Warbler 2
  • Eastern Towhee 4
  • Chipping Sparrow 3
  • Northern Cardinal 4
  • Indigo Bunting 1

Carolina Satyrs were the most common butterfly on the floodplain

One of many Maryland Meadow Beauties in the longleaf pine forest

Meadow Beauties have attractive urn-shaped seed capsules

This Eastern Box Turtle was hung up on the pine cone (I removed the cone)

The large Swamp Chestnut Oak

Perennial Wild Bean

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