Carolina Sandhills NWR is a great spot for both birds and other fauna. The burned prairies, like the one above, make amazing habitat for chats, Orchard Orioles, yellowthroats, bobwhite, kingbirds, deer, rabbits, and countless numbers of plants! It's definitely a landscape you wouldn't expect to see in South Carolina.
|Yellow Pitcher Plant|
|Yellow Pitcher Plant Flower|
|Purple Pitcher Plant|
|Purple Pitcher Plant Flower|
|Orange Milkwort with Purple Love Grass|
|Snakemouth Orchid w/ Purple Love Grass|
|Palamedes Swallowtail nectaring on Clasping Milkeweed|
Alright, this is a bird blog, not a plant blog, so let's get to the birds.
It was super full of flycatchers!
|Great Crested Flycatcher|
Of course we saw Red-cockaded Woodpeckers! Bad quality, but I got pictures of a cockade!
We also saw a lot of Summer Tanagers, including a male and his mate...
...and an unusual male, probably in his second year. He had olive/yellow primaries and retrices.
All of these birds are good, but the crown jewel was...
This bird gave us very good views, despite the quality of the pictures. It was a lifer bird for both Matt and I and now currently one of my favorite birds! You can listen to a recording here: http://www.xeno-canto.org/243607
It was a great experience and increased my love for the Sandhills- there's nothing else quite like it!