Monday, March 4, 2013

Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge

Yesterday, we went to check out the Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge not too far from our place. I wanted to hike a bit but it was soooo windy and cold, we didn't do many of the trails. Here is a clump of Coots, birds swimming together and making a warm cooing noise. 

 Wood storks decorating a clump of trees! Lower center, you can see two huge black lumps...these are alligators, and they appeared to be about 15 feet long. Lying in wait for a bird to drop. Can't wait 'til it warms up and we will be able to find so many more of these critters. A sign said it is "illegal to harass or feed the alligators." Really? Who would try to harass an alligator?
We were out trekking and Richard found some crab traps outside the immediate marsh area. He sold all of our traps when we left Florida but I think we will be looking for a couple at a local garage sale so we can try to crab while the kids are down here. This refuge is gorgeous and we are wishing we had thought to bring our bird book with many birds with unusual markings and colorings.

This is one of the pathways in the refuge...everywhere are these draping trees strung with bundles of Spanish Moss.

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