Our next stop on the Great Birding Adventure was Skidaway Island State Park, near Savannah, Georgia. We had camped here a few years back and really loved the spot. Our tent was nestled into a clearing surrounded by live oaks and covered by a canopy of Spanish moss. Our backdoor led to the saltmarshes of the intracoastal waterway. Each morning we awoke to a symphony of bird songs.... dreamy.
This year, our schedule demanded a later arrival (and no camping). We made it to the causeway around 3 p.m., the hotest part of the day. It was still breezy and beautiful, though, and a stop near the saltmarshes proved profitable.
|I just love this area. So beautiful!|
|Once in the state park, bird activity slowed.|
However, we took a birding break
and let the boys enjoy the playground.
|That is when and where we "met" this guy.|
|We have not been able to make a positive ID yet.|
At the time, we thought he might be a juvenile Bobwhite.
|He walked round and round our feet, peeping at us.|
His "call" sounded just like the "Bob"
part of the Bobwhite's song.
|He NEVER left the boys' side.|
As you can see in this photo,
he was not scared of us.
He even seemed to enjoy the attention....
|Once home, we looked at pictures of Bobwhites,|
and they don't seem to match.
|However, encountering him was the highlight of the trip.|
Wilbur even had dreams about him that night!
I have contacted the naturalist at Skidaway
to ask for help identifying our new friend.
We love Skidaway Island! Not only is it the place where we first saw a painted bunting, but it is the place we made our first true bird friend. Wilbur wanted to bring him home as a pet, but we decided he might belong to the Interepretive Center... thus his docile nature. Plus, we know better than to remove a bird from its natural habitat. But the pictures and memories will always be special to us.
Next time, we will briefly leave Georgia. We will travel 2 whole miles into South Carolina to visit Savannah Wildlife Refuge. GORGEOUS! Get ready for some seriously beautiful pictures.