A tiny, bright, little warbler from the West Indies, Central America, and Northern South America.
Early summer they show up in the Lowcountry, a little later they go even further north. We have plenty of them here, but you need to go to the swamps. They love warm swamps and the big Cypress Knees, which can be hollow. A perfect nest location.
The big Four Holes Swamp is the best place to find them this time of year.
Most of the birds we see have been banded at some point. Either here, or down in Central America. They can have three bands, each documenting their life cycle.
If you have patience standing in one location and listening will eventually take to a spot where you will find them.
At some point this should be viewed full screen, a large screen.
This is in Four Holes Swamp, a blackwater creek system. It is 18,000 acres of Bald Cypress and Tupelo Trees. Some over 1,000 years old.
The description swamp is really a general term, there are all types, even in the Lowcountry. However, if you grew up thinking of those dark, muddy, wet, places where you lost all sense of direction… this is the place.
Even Hollywood finds spots here for scenes with the stereotypical swamp. Think Mel Gibson in the Patriot, hiding from the British in swamps. Not only did they shoot those scenes in Four Holes Swamp, the real ‘swamp fox’ that the story was based on did live and hide inside here.
Plenty of wildlife lives here. Getting photographs is a different story.
Yesterday was a perfect, and rare cool day to walk around in this swamp.