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Male Hooded Merganser Duo Showing Off

Two Hooded Merganser drakes were showing off for a female, doing their best to strut their stuff.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

The female didn’t seem to be that interested, and much of the action was one male crowding the other out.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

Back and forth they went, in and out of reflections created by trees on the far side of the pond.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off

A second female circled around a few times but she didn’t distract the drakes from the first female.

Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off
Hooded Merganser Drakes Showing Off, Two Females looking on

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
February 20, 2021

Canada Goose With A Treasure

I don’t see that many Canada Geese expect near housing developments, but a few have been hanging around the pond at Magnolia Cemetery recently.

Canada Goose With Treasure
Canada Goose With Treasure

This one entertained me with a stalk of vegetation that he seemed quite sure was valuable.

Canada Goose With Treasure
Canada Goose With Treasure

He carefully kept his back to his mate, clearly not looking to share this find.

Canada Goose With Treasure
Canada Goose With Treasure

In the end he dropped the whole thing back in the water, perhaps it was too tough or just not edible.

 

Yellow-rumped Warblers Everywhere

This winter I have seen Yellow-rumped Warblers at all my birding spots.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

Sunday was no different when they were zipping all over Magnolia Cemetery.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler showing off his name-sake

This fellow gave me quite a few poses.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

The decaying plot fences around the cemetery are common perching spots, if only for a moment.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler on metal fence

The tangled shrubs that hang over the pond were the favorite spot that afternoon, perhaps because there was ample sun to warm the birds up.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Bee on White Camellia

This Camellia variety has the type of blossom with a prominent center and on Sunday the blooms were well visited by bees.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

The bees were making a haul of pollen.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

This flower was on the outside of the plant, right at my eye level making for nice closeups.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

The temperature had been below freezing a few nights last week and I was rather surprised to see this much bee activity.

Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia
Bee Gathering Pollen From White Camellia

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
February 20, 2021

Startled Wood Stork

I didn’t see this Wood Stork until he took off; he had been tucked up to the edge of the pond right in front of me. He was so close I didn’t get his full wingspan.

Wood Stork Flying Away
Wood Stork Flying Away

He didn’t go far, touching down at the edge of a channel.

Wood Stork Touching Down
Wood Stork Touching Down

He immediately started feeding.

Wood Stork Feeding
Wood Stork Feeding

The spot didn’t seem to satisfy him.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

Pretty soon he took off for further down the pond.

Wood Stork
Wood Stork

 

Great Egrets Doing Their Thing

A variety of birds were spread along the far side of the pond and many of the Great Egrets were just standing around while American Avocet and American White Pelicans came and went. This pair seemed to be on the lookout for something.

Great Egret Face-off
Great Egret Face-off

One did fly in and join the group. I suspect those posts are the remnants of a duck blind.

Great Egret Coming In
Great Egret Coming In

The Great Egret made the typical graceful landing and the others paid no attention.

Great Egret Coming In
Great Egret Coming In

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
February 17, 2021

American Avocet

American Avocet aren’t the only birds in these images, but I haven’t seen one in awhile so thought I’d give them top billing. And I really like them with their snazzy color scheme.

American Avocet, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet, American White Pelican, Great Egret

I sure was hoping they would fly closer to my side of the pond.

American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret

Instead they disappeared on the other side of the marsh.

American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret
American Avocet taking off, American White Pelican, Great Egret