Garrick Road

John Grego, 06/2009

I arrived at the Garrick Road tract early to listen for nightjars and owls. A nearby yellow-breasted chat did its best to drown out every other bird, but I was pleased to hear a whip-poor-will and night herons. Starting at dawn, I walked the inside perimeter of the tract to listen for longleaf woodland bird species (I'm hopeful Bachman's Sparrows will return some day). After a 4-year hiatus, the park had burned the tract this past fall. While large areas of dead sweetgums could be found, in other areas the sweetgums seemed more entrenched than ever.

I found a good selection of wildflowers, and found myself wishing I had scheduled a Friends of Congaree Swamp botany hike here for the spring. In addition to the species in the photos, the most plentiful wildflower was a lobelia--Nuttall's lobelia (Lobelia nuttallii) if I had to guess.

I had a nice selection of bird species that can be hard to find elsewhere in the park. No butterfly list this time--it was too early in the day.

Bird list

  • Wild Turkey 1
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
  • Turkey Vulture 1
  • Mourning Dove 5
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
  • Whip-poor-will 1
  • Red-headed Woodpecker 10
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
  • Downy Woodpecker 1
  • Northern Flicker 1
  • Pileated Woodpecker 2
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
  • Acadian Flycatcher 1
  • Great Crested Flycatcher 6
  • Eastern Kingbird 2
  • White-eyed Vireo 5
  • Blue Jay 1
  • Fish Crow 2
  • Carolina Chickadee 2
  • White-breasted Nuthatch 4
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch 10
  • Carolina Wren 6
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 13
  • Pine Warbler 8
  • Kentucky Warbler 1
  • Common Yellowthroat 3
  • Yellow-breasted Chat 2
  • Summer Tanager 5
  • Eastern Towhee 10
  • Northern Cardinal 3
  • Indigo Bunting 18

A large hog wallow


Hyssop skullcap


Nodding ladies-tresses


Southern sneezeweed


Narrow-leaved white-top aster


This part of the longleaf forest looked beautiful


Samsons snakeroot

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