|Bob's Gone Birding at Suwannee River State Park|
|The historic Suwannee River|
Suwannee River State Park is a gem of a place. Set at the confluence of the Suwannee and Withlacoochee Rivers, the park covers parts of three counties. There are three trails I like to bird, and I can generally cover them in a long morning. Throw in a few items of historic significance and you get a park that is worth the journey.
|A multi-county Belted Kingfisher|
|Eastern Towhee on the Sandhills Trail|
We took the Sandhills Trail next and walked out to the old cemetery. The park is on the site of the 19th century town of Columbus which was serviced by steamboats and the stagecoach line. The cemetery has graves that date back to the mid-nineteenth century. Unlike the other trails which feature a mostly hardwood forest with some scattered pines, this one runs through a pine and palmetto tract, and the species here are very different than those that can be found just a hundred yards away. Brown-headed Nuthatches, Eastern Towhees, Pine Warblers, and a variety of woodpeckers are quickly found on a short, easy-to-walk path.
Back at the parking lot, we decided to turn upriver, taking the Suwannee River Trail. It was getting to be near noon and bird activity was low. Still, we added Black-and-White and Yellow-throated Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Northern Flicker and Summer Tanager to the day's list.
Overall, my two-day haul tallied over 45 species including 16 warblers and five woodpeckers. I really like Suwannee River State Park. If you find yourself with a chance to stop there, I promise you will discover another jewel in the Florida State Park System.
|Brown-headed Nuthatch on the Sandhills Trail|
|A small spring bubbling into the Suwannee River|
|Columbus Cemetery with family plots dating to the mid-nineteenth century|
|An immature White Ibis feeds in one of the streams that run through the park|