April on the Ogeechee

The winds of March are gone for the most part, and the weather is a lot warmer with days in the 80’s. Spring is here. Our Eagles are packing up to go North, and the marsh grass is turning green. This is the last chance ‘til fall to catch a large Striped Bass. Soon they will leave for cooler waters.

Our local animals are very active especially reptiles. I have already encountered two
snakes in my yard, a common rat snake and a milk snake, both harmless, both hunting
rodents along the river’s edge. A few years back I found a Rainbow snake in my back
yard. These beautiful harmless snakes can be found in our local waters, They only
come out at night and eat eels. They can be found in black water swamps and in our brackish water streams.

The color of a Rainbow snake can only be described as bubble-gum pink. These strong snakes will not bite you, and if you scare them they roll over and play dead.

компютриMake sure you read the next issue of Richmond Hill Reflections coming out the last of April. I have an article on Trapper Jack, Jack Douglas, the alligator man!

March: A Great Time To Explore The Ogeechee

Make sure to read more of Angus’ great observations in the Richmond Hill Reflections Magazine.

Soon it will be time to get your boat ready for the annual boating journey to St. Catherine’s Island for the Memorial Day weekend which isn’t that far away. Why not get out before this for an early spring adventure on the Ogeechee?

March is the month to experience this wonderful river without jet skies, insects, excess heat or lots of other boaters. One thing you can expect to see on a warm March day are big alligators basking in the warm sunlight. These cold blooded reptiles are just warming up from hibernation and can be seen all along the river’s edge on the Chatham County side of the river.

Another is the American Bald Eagles who have not made their spring migration to the North yet, so they can still be seen from Ft. McAllister to the Ford Plantation Marina. There are nests between Cape Hardwick and Mill Run, and another active nest is located near Val Ambrosia Canal.

Osprey can be seen all along the river, getting their nests ready for the spring hatch. Eagles and osprey don’t get along and for good reason! You may be able to watch an eagle attack an osprey in mid air, causing the osprey to drop its just caught fish. After the attack the eagle will sweep down and catch the osprey’s dinner just before it hits the surface of the Ogeechee.

Otters are still in our waters. When passing a ditch or canal travel slowly and keep your
eyes open. I doubt you will see any of the hundreds of wild hogs hiding in the marsh
grass along the river’s edge, but if you cut your engine and drift you may be able to hear them and many of the other sounds of the marsh.

You owe it to yourself to take time to smell the marsh mud and watch the tide turn on a
warm spring day on the Ogeechee.