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Lumber River State Park - Princess Ann entrance

I went to the Princess Ann entrance of Lumber River State Park in the afternoon, after visiting the Chalk Banks entrance.  The two spots are about an hour apart.  The Princess Ann area is smaller, but feels more polished.  The boat launch area is beautiful and the river is at its widest here.

Observation point

The whole trail is 1.5 miles and mostly runs along the river.  I had great luck at the parking area.  In the trees right next to that area there was a large number of birds.  I got about three-quarters of my list right there.  Some highlights and surprises for me were Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-and-white Warbler, and Blue-headed Vireo.  I would typically only expect to see these guys in the Spring or Fall, not on January 4th.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Along the river, I saw more Kinglets than I have ever seen before.  I counted five of each type (Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned) but there could have been more.  This is definitely an area worth stopping at again if I am in the area.

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