As avid birdwatchers, we made sure to take time on our way back from Florida to stop in at the Savannah wildlife refuge for a trip around the 4.5 mile drive. We started by 8:30 AM and the sun was so bright from the east that we could not see any of the birds in that direction. We decided to push through until we made a turn and the sun was beside us - we plannned to go back through to catch any areas we missed. The refuge and the drive are well marked as you leave Savannah, so we had no problem finding it about 10 miles outside the city. The office was located at a differnt entrance, and was closed all day Sunday . Not a problem! The drive is one way - so you have no problems with oncoming traffic, and there is plenty of opportunity to pull over enough to let cars pass by - but it can be a bit tight in places. We were able to enjoy birds close enough to see with binoculars, and we also used our scopea lot to view the large group of ducks present on the water. Ring necks galore, BW and GW teal, Red Heads, Shovelers and scaup to name a few. Every kind of heron and egret were present too, and of course cormorants, coots and moorhens. Kingfishers were plentiful, as were hawks of several varieties. We espacially enjoyed the hammocks where the live oaks form a canopy over the road, and the song birds rustle in the trees. The first hammock had a very short walk, (1/4 mile), that allowed us to get a great look at a red shouldered hawk. We had a picnic on the grass next to the next hammock. Yes, there were alligators - but not so many that we felt we couldn't get out of the car in most places. There are ADA spot-a-pots about 1 mile in on the drive. We used them and they were clean. I highly recommend a visit to the refuge for any birder or natrure enthusiast of any level.
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