Kingville Junction

John Grego, 05/28/2008

I set out from Kingville junction May 26, 2008 to look for the "Jim Elder cypress" recently rediscovered by John Cely after 30 years (look for a story on this tree in an upcoming newsletter). As it turned out, I had misunderstood John and went looking in entirely the wrong direction--the cypress will have to wait for another trip.

I first set out west toward Tom's slough. The Park Service had recently burned these woods with some success; the undercover was easy to move through, and there was a pleasant sprinkling of wildflowers, including beard-tongue, sundrops, skullcap, sneezeweed and phlox. Most of my attempts at pictures were failures, with the exception of sundrops. Upon reaching Tom's Slough, I headed south along a jeep road; there's an old groundwater-monitoring station en route. The jeep road eventually disappears, though the edge of the slough is easy to follow, and you find yourself leaving the 1980's-era Georgia-Pacific clearcut and walking through an attractive hardwood forest.

I cut west along a small slough to Huger's Slough, which I followed to Huger's Little Lake; there is an attractive and very old cypress to rest under at the western end. Looking at the new version of John Cely's map (which I didn't have at the time), the Jim Elder cypress was only a few hundred yards further to the east. Not any the wiser, I cut north to the jeep road back to Kingville which, as usual, had no shortage of both hog sign and actual hogs.

Birding was quite good, though I had hoped I might run into some late migrants.

Bird List

  • Wood Duck 1
  • Anhinga 1
  • Great Blue Heron 1
  • Black Vulture 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 4
  • Mourning Dove 2
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo 7
  • Barred Owl 6
  • Chimney Swift 10
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
  • Belted Kingfisher 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
  • Downy Woodpecker 3
  • Hairy Woodpecker 1
  • Pileated Woodpecker 5
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
  • Acadian Flycatcher 21
  • Great Crested Flycatcher 2
  • White-eyed Vireo 24
  • Yellow-throated Vireo 3
  • Red-eyed Vireo 22
  • Blue Jay 1
  • American Crow 3
  • Fish Crow 1
  • Carolina Chickadee 7
  • Tufted Titmouse 18
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 7
  • Carolina Wren 15
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 14
  • Gray Catbird 1
  • Northern Parula 38
  • Yellow-throated Warbler 5
  • Pine Warbler 12
  • Prothonotary Warbler 20
  • Swainson's Warbler 1
  • Hooded Warbler 8
  • Summer Tanager 10
  • Northern Cardinal 22
  • Indigo Bunting 4
  • Painted Bunting 2

Yet another box turtle photo

Sundrops and other wildflowers were plentiful in the recently-burned forest

A rubbing tree near the hog wallow

A feral hog wallow

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