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.
A large hog wallow
Narrow-leaved white-top aster
This part of the longleaf forest looked beautiful
Jun 01, 2009 by Edward Kujawski
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