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Wildlife Sightings In Georgia and New York State, March 2016

Eastern cottontail

Eastern cottontail, Egan’s Creek Greenway, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida

This is a wildlife wrap-up of my trip back east since my next trip to Mongolia is coming up in three weeks and I’ve got posts coming about that. I was going to do a short post about the wildlife that I saw in Georgia, a bit of Florida and New York state. Instead it took me almost all of yesterday to pick out one of each of as many critters as I had decent photos of and make any adjustments necessary. Turns out I saw a LOT. I’m going to start with mammals, then birds, reptiles and finally insects. It’s a long post, but I wanted everything in one place for future reference. Hope you enjoy this wildlife trip!

MAMMALS

White-tailed deer

White-tailed deer, Okefenokee NWR. Stephen C. Foster State Park, Georgia

Eastern grey squirrel

Eastern grey squirrel, Okefenokee NWR, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Georgia

Eastern grey squirrel, red squirrel

Eastern grey squirrel and red squirrel, Hudson River Valley, New York State (red squirrel was a new species for me)

Eastern chipmunk

Eastern chipmunk, Hudson River Valley, New York State

Muskrat

Muskrat, pond in the Hudson River Valley, New York (seen while out painting on location with Jim Coe; first muskrat I had ever seen, so had to post a photo even though it’s not a good one; for the record)

BIRDS

Wood stork

Wood stork, Harris Neck NWR

White ibis

White ibis, Okefenokee NWR, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Georgia

Glossy ibis

Glossy ibis, Savannah NWR, South Carolina

Anhinga

Anhinga, Okefenokee NWR, Georgia

Tricolor heron

Tricolor heron, Okefenokee NWR, Georgia

Great blue heron

Great blue heron Egan’s Creek Greeway, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida (notice the turtles off to the right)

Great egret

Great egret, Egan’s Creek Greenway, Fernandina Beach,  Amelia Island, Florida

Little blue heron

Little blue heron, Turtle River area, Georgia

Green heron

Green heron, Harris Neck NWR, Georgia

Ring-necked ducks

Ring-necked ducks, Hudson River Valley, New York state

Blue-winged teal; American alligator

Blue-winged teal; American alligator, Savannah NWR

Common moorhen

Common moorhen (juvenile), Harris Neck NWR

Turkey vultures

Turkey vultures, Hudson River Valley, New York state

Turkey

Turkey, Hudson River Valley, New York state

Pileated woodpecker

Pileated woodpecker, Okefenokee NWR

Hairy woodpecker

Hairy woodpecker, Hudson River Valley, New York state

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker, Hudson River Valley, New York state

White-breasted nuthatch

White-breasted nuthatch, Hudson River Valley, New York state

Blue jay

Blue jay, Hudson River Valley, New York state

Purple finch

Purple finch and goldfinches, Hudson River Valley, New York state

Tufted titmouse

Tufted titmouse, Hudson River Valley, New York state

Cardinal

Cardinal, near Harris Neck NWR

Mourning dove

Mourning dove, near Turtle River, Georgia

Mockingbird

Mockingbird, near Turtle River, Georgia

Blur-grey gnatcatcher

Blue-grey gnatcatcher, near Turtle River, Georgia

Warbler

Warbler, Okefenokee NWR, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Georgia

-Palm warbler

Palm warbler, Egan’s Creek Greemway, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida

Slate-colored junco

Slate-colored junco, Hudson River Valley, New York state

Boat-tailed grackle

Boat-tailed grackle, Savannah NWR

Birds I saw but did not get photos of or don’t have good ones include: swallowtail kite (no photo), cormorants, various ducks, a belted kingfisher, cowbird, snowy egret, and gallinule.

REPTILES

American alligator

American alligator, Okefenokee NWR, Okefenokee Swamp Park ( The park people named him”Crazy” because he is very aggressive and is the current dominant bull gator; 12′ long, 800-900 lbs.)

American alligator

American alligator, Okefenokee NWR

River cooters

River cooters, Egan’s Creek Greenway, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida

Soft-shelled turtle

Soft-shelled turtle, Okefenokee NWR

Banded water snakes

Banded water snakes, Okefenokee NWR

Midland water snakes

Midland water snake, Okefenokee NWR

Midland water snake

Midland water snake, Okefenokee NWR

Penninsula ribbon snake

Penninsula ribbon snake, Okefenokee NWR

Water moccasin

Water moccasin/cottonmouth, Okefenokee NWR

Water moccasin

Water moccasin/cottonmouth (I was told by a local who works in the woods, so has to know snakes, that this was the biggest one he’d ever seen and, from the bulge, it looked like the snake had a “belly full of frogs). This species is extremely venomous)

Green anole

Green anole, Okefenokee NWR

INSECTS

Spicebush swallowtail butterfly

Spicebush swallowtail butterfly, Okefenokee NWR

Spicebush swallowtail butterfly

Spicebush swallowtail butterfly, Okefenokee NWR

Dragonfly

Dragonfly, Okefenokee NWR

 

 

 

 

 

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