Sunday, February 9, 2014 Huntingdon Beach State Park South Carolina. Sunny, Breezy, high 50's
This Park, near Myrtle Beach, is a must for the ecologist or ornithologist. It is located on US 17, just south of Murrell's Inlet. For $5, you have access to fine trails, lovely beach, and the finest example of a Spartina Salt Marsh I have seen. My first ecology course at McGill University used a textbook written by Georgia Professor E P Odum, whose research on Spartina salt marshes proved them to be the most biologically productive ecosystems on our continent. Therefore, visiting such a fine example does close the circle for me. Along with Spartina, local volunteers have worked to re-introduce the natural kidneys of the Salt Marsh: Oysters.
|Spartina Salt Marsh (Myrtle Beach in background)|
I then finished my day with a ducky time, after going to the education center, and finding Carolina Chickadees, Cardinals, and this Tufted TItmouse at the feeder, and, the ubiquitous Yellow-rumped Warbler at the bath:
Duck-phasmagoria (pick out the (Jon) Ruddy Duck:
|Four Species (which one is the Redhead?)|
Thanks again, Jack. We hope to see you adding to the checklist soon!