First, a request for information. Several weeks ago the home desktop went
down with a massive stroke. Just before this incident I received an e-mail
from Pat Leary. The message and his e-mail address were lost. Pat, if you
are on this list, please resend me the message. If anyone has Pat's
address, I would not mind getting it so I could respond to him.
On to the sparrow speculation...I located the site southeast of Bryceville
where Ron Smith found Henslow's in 1996. Looks like suitable habitat on
the aerial photography, but I speculate that this is private property. I
would be reluctant to look for sparrows here without permission of the land
More speculation...After spending more time looking at the aerial
photographs, I think that Jennings State Forest is probably better habitat
for Henslow's than Simmons Sate Forest. Almost all the pine woods at
Jennings are wet flatwoods/plantations. The most intriguing sparrow
speculation about Simmons SF is the potential for Fox Sparrows in the St.
Marys River floodplain. I would also speculate that Winter Wrens might be
fairly easy to find there as well. Both species are hard to come by
locally. I added a detailed image of the area around the river crossing to
the web page.
Just the facts...I did find the huntin' and fishin' regulations for
Jennings at the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's web site. A
link to the regs has been added to the web site, but be forewarned that it
is a poorly produced Acrobat PDF file, weighing in at a hefty 680
kilobytes. These regulations indicate that it is currently safe to bird
there! The general gun season is limited and seems to have ended in
November. The FFWCC site did not have the regs for Simmons, nor did the
Division of Forestry, so I have no facts about the hunting seasons there.
The Division of Forestry's Simmons SF Web Site:
The revised Henslow's Jax page:
Aerial Photographs for almost any where in the US:
Disclaimer: My paranoia about trespassing is no doubt the result of years
spent working with property owners, public agencies, and imminent domain
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