This Bald Cypress/Buttonbush swamp is the site of a large multi-species heronry. The site is located adjacent to commercial catfish ponds and is privately owned by several catfish farmers. In winter the site is used for duck hunting.

Ornithological Summary

There is a large heronry which supports anywhere from 1,400 to 5,000 nesting pairs of herons and egrets on a regular basis. This site supports significant breeding populations of White Ibises, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, and Cattle Egrets. Other species known to nest in this colony in significant numbers for the last several years are Great Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Anhinga. This is also one of only four known sites in Mississippi for nesting Double-crested Cormorant. Four nests of Double-crested Cormorants were located in 2000 and seven nests in 2002. This holds the largest concentration of nesting White Ibis in the state, with an estimated 2,500 pairs nesting in 2000 and 300 to 400 pairs nesting in 2002. Black-crowned Night-Herons nest in fairly large numbers as well, about 20 to 30 nesting pairs. Tricolored Heron nests here in small numbers and is a fairly rare nester in the inland counties. Pied-billed Grebe, Common Moorhen and Prothonotary Warbler nest in this swamp, as well as Wood Ducks. Roseate Spoonbill and Tree Swallow have been sighted in this swamp during breeding season but no evidence of breeding was observed.

There is a large catfish pond adjacent to the swamp in which the herons and White Ibis use for feeding. A pair of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks was seen feeding here in June 2002.

Conservation Issues

This swamp lies just east of Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and is a proposed site for purchase by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for inclusion into the Refuge System.

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