Winter Ramble at Harris Neck

Woody Pond prime waterfowl habitat rookery Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge McIntosh County GA Photograph COpyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Woody Pond is perhaps the most popular spot for birding at Harris Neck, though there are many other places to ramble in this place that I consider one of the best-kept secrets of the Georgia Coast. Whether a birder, hiker, bicyclist or just plain nature aficionado, there is much to be seen.

Woody Pond Habitat with Palm Tree Harris Neck NWR McIntosh County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Walk along the dam for a sure encounter with some natives!

Woody Pond Dam Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge McIntosh County GA Photograph COpyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Very soon, the rookeries of the pond will be abuzz with new life. Wood Storks (Mcyteria americana) are a big presence here though not as commonly seen in winter. On that last day I visited, American Coots and Common Gallinules were the most populous residents.

Common Gallinule gallinula galeata Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), Woody Pond.

The gallinules can be easily distinguished from the coots by their bright orange and yellow bills.

American Coot Woody Pond Harris Neck NWR McIntosh County GA Birding Hotspot Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

American Coot (Fulica americana)

Of course, the other big attraction at Woody Pond is the alligator population. But remember, don’t harass them!

Federal State Alligator Protection Sign no feeding or harassing Photograph harris neck national wildlife refuge mcintosh county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing coastal georgia usa 2014

You’ll generally see smaller ones in winter, but they live here year round!

American Alligator Young mississippiensis Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge McIntosh County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

American Alligator Swimming Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge McIntosh County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Take nothing but pictures, and lots of good memories. You’ll want to return in the spring.

Oak Limb Spanish Moss in Woody Pond Harris Neck NWR McIntosh County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harris_Neck_National_Wildlife_Refuge

 

 

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5 responses to “Winter Ramble at Harris Neck

  1. Annette Carter

    Love your website and old photos. There are two old buildings in Screven, Wayne County, GA that need to be preserved. One on Hwy 84 S, in town, is an old doctors office, Doctor Lawton Tyre. On Hwy 84 N is another doctors office, Doctor McGee Hargarett. The local folks can give you more information. I lived about 9 miles from there when I was growing up but have been gone many years, although I pass through there often. Annette Deal Carter Hinesville, Georgia

  2. Annette Carter

    Greetings Mr. Brown:

    I forwarded links of your website to my nephew, Ryan Deal, that was raised in S. GA but now lives in Atlanta.

    He found the Surrency High School photo, (Appling County) and called my attention to the error posted under the photo.

    Is there some way that can be corrected?

    I posted a comment that states it is in fact the old Surrency High School. The Fourth District Elementary School is located on Highway 15/Blackshear Highway, south of Baxley. The citizens of Appling County voted a couple of years ago to keep the school open. It is currently an active school.

    I did not attend Surrency School, but was raised in Appling County and have many family members there. My niece (Ryan’s sister) and a cousin teach school at Fourth District School.

    Thank you for posting beautiful photos of Georgia for our enjoyment.

    Annette Carter Hinesville, GA

  3. Deborah Wright

    keep the pictures coming, … they’re awesome!

    debbi

    Sent from my iPad

  4. Hi,
    Great Pictures…
    What type of tree is that?
    Thanks!

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