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RV Bird Watching Booneville MS

RV bird watchers across North America are noticing mallards. Here's where to start RV bird watching on your next RV trip. Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards.

Piney Grove Campground (COE-Tennessee/Tombigbee Waterway)
(662) 728-1134
Burton, MS
Campground Availability
25-May thru 13-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Okatibbee Water Park (Pat Harrison Waterway District)
(601) 737-2370
Meridian, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Benchmark Coach and RV Park*
(601) 483-7999
6420 Dale Dr
Meridian, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter

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Natchez SP*
(601) 442-2658
230-B Wickcliff Rd
Natchez, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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Hugh White SP
(662) 226-4934
Grenada, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Pool, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Bike Rentals, Tennis, Hiking Trails

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Sam's Town RV Park
(800) 456-0711
Tunica, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Putting Green, Local Tours

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Majestic Oaks RV Resort
(228) 436-4200
Biloxi, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Oaklawn RV Park
(228) 392-1233
Biloxi, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Recreation
Golf Nearby

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MILITARY PARK (Lake Walker Family Campground-Camp Shelby)
(601) 558-2397
Hattiesburg, MS
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Tennis, Volleyball, Sports Field

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George Payne Cossar SP*
(662) 623-7356
165 County Rd 170
Oakland, MS
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Pool, Boating, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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RV Birdwatching for Your Next RV Trip

Mallards - The Uncommonly Common Duck


Wildlife Feature: Mallards
The uncommonly common duck From the pages of Camping Life Magazine

According to Crow Indian legend, before there was land or trees or mammals, the world consisted of an enormous sea. On this sea paddled ducks, the only animals in the world. One day, Old Man came to the ducks, informing them that there was earth on the bottom of the ocean. Four ducks dove to the depths at his command. When they popped to the surface, one of them presented him a bit of mud wedged between its webbed toes. From this bit of soil, Old Man created the continents that were subsequently occupied by other birds and mammals and the Crows themselves. Many early peoples caught ducks for use as a food source, but just as many prized the duck, especially the mallard, for its beautiful plumage.

Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards. Oblivious to the world, a green-headed drake bobs his head up and down before a likely female. If the head-bob fails to impress his audience, the suitor may dip his bright, yellow-green bill into the water then raise it above his head to send sparkling droplets of water splashing back to the surface. He may also rear backward in the water, displaying the burnished chestnut hues of his breast to his potential mate.

MOST COLORFUL

With the exception of the wood duck drake, male mallards are considered by many to be the most colorful ducks of North America. In contrast to the brilliantly arrayed but relatively uncommon wood duck, though, mallards seem to be everywhere. Due to their uncanny ability to adapt to human civilization and benefit from agricultural activities, mallards are not only the most common duck in the United States, but the most widespread duck in the entire world.

Although most species of ducks are superficially similar in shape and general appearance, different species are often categorized by the manner in which they forage. Diving ducks use their powerful feet to propel themselves to the depths of lakes, ponds and streams where they glean insects and vegetation from the bottom. Mallards, on the other hand, are among the several species known as dabblers. Dabbling ducks don't normally dive, but are often seen tipped bottom-side up, with their heads submerged. Under the surface, their bills probe for vegetation or click shut on swimming bugs. Dabbling ducks will also paddle along in groups, snatching hatching insects from on top of the water.

To facilitate their feeding, the bills of mallards possess some specialized characteristics. Both the yellow-gre...

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