On Sunday, I made a trip to the Green Swamp. I listened and observed on Juniper Creek Bridge for about 2 hours. We saw many flocks of ibis fly overhead. We also saw a large gator in the creek. I found a large fresh cavity just down the road and in a tree just inside the woods line. I really need some way to measure these things! There is a dirt road just NE of the bridge. Walking this, we found the remnants of an old logging road that we hiked until the old pine plantation turned into swamp. Here we spooked a very large woodpecker. I did not see enough tic marks to make an ID. It was huge, definitely white underwing, red on head, white stripes on neck. But it flew with slow lazy wing beats, not like a pileated or an IBWO for that matter. Weird. It was overcast on Sunday and under that swamp canopy, it was very dark. To give you an idea, I took a picture of a opossum attempting to hide in plain sight up a tree under us.
Here is the tree where the woodpecker was, I believe. As Shaggy would say...."Spooksvile, man!"
Looking at Google Earth, I can see quite a few good places to get into the swamp on foot to set up a blind and listen. The thing is, the GS is an hour away from me. I want to spend more time down here, but to do so, I really need to camp here days at a time. Hopefully I can work that in.