The Spoonie Tree, October 17

The Spoonie Tree, Slowly It Tilts

How low can it go before it falls?

Roseate Spoonbill Landing in the Spoonie Tree
How the Spoonie Tree Got Its Name (October 2020)

First, a throw back to two years ago… changing water levels in the pond worked to carve out the earth under the roots. Alligator action might have played a role, too.

The Spoonie Tree
The Spoonie Tree June 2019

The smaller branches long gone, some kind of vegetation hid the base over this past summer.

The Spoonie Tree, September 19
The Spoonie Tree, September 19, 2021

At the beginning of October:

The Spoonie Tree, October 3
The Spoonie Tree, October 3, 2021, Roseate Spoonbill up top, Alligator below the tree, right

A couple of weeks later that cavity beneath the tree had collapsed.

The Spoonie Tree, October 17
The Spoonie Tree, October 17, 2021, An Alligator visible at the base of the grass

I’m hoping the tree will stay around even after it collapses  to serve as a perch for the wading and water birds.

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

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