As always, Spring is one the most productive times for wildlife watching on Little St. Simons Island. Exciting new things happen almost daily as the weather warms. In the world of reptiles and amphibians, each outing produces more and more species sightings. Eastern Diamondback, Black Racer, Ground Skink, Green Anole, Eastern Glass Lizard, Southern Leopard Frog, and Green Tree Frog are some the species recently encountered.The first Green Tree Frog calls of the year were heard today.
New species of migratory birds are arriving daily as well. Northern Parula, Black and White Warbler, Barn Swallow, Cattle Egret, and Glossy Ibis all arrived in the past week. Bird song fills the air. Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, White-eyed Vireo, Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren and many other birds are singing their wonderful songs. Shorebird diversity and abundance is increasing daily.
Certain mammal sightings have become more abundant. Marsh rabbit sightings have become common, especially along Beach Road. The number of raccoons, opossums, and fallow deer encountered on night drives seems to have increased recently also. Small numbers of Horseshoe Crabs were seen emerging from the ocean to lay eggs, timed with the recent full moon. The peak of their emergence should occur at the end on this month. Shelling on the beach has been particularly productive too!
What a great time of year to explore the woods, beaches, and marshes of Little St. Simons Island!