by Crystal Cockman
On a cool January day a few years ago, I found myself with a friend on a boardwalk walking through a serene forested wetland, with a cool breeze blowing across the water and through the trees. I spotted a red-headed woodpecker searching for lunch on a hollowed out standing snag. I watched as he made his way from tree to tree, enjoying the leisurely pace of the day as much as I was.
On another trip to this same special location with two other friends, I saw a variety of songbirds in a restored native grassland, including indigo bunting and red-winged blackbirds. A drive along Brown Creek resulted in the sighting of several great blue-herons and great egrets, followed by one quick glimpse of a muskrat. On yet another visit, I was able to see hundreds of ducks in flight over a protected wetland on the Pee Dee River. This is the same place I wrote earlier about spotting four wood storks several years ago. This special place is not somewhere private and secret, but is instead open and available to everyone to enjoy. [Read more…]