Category Archives: Animals

Raccoon: Backyard Shenanigans

After finding my backyard bird feeder on the ground two mornings in a row I put up the trail cam.

Ah ha! I had brought the feeder in, but there was plenty of seed scattered around the ground.

Racoon Reaching Up Bird Feeder Pole
Racoon Reaching Up Bird Feeder Pole

A couple of nights later, I discovered the Raccoon had company: check out the pair of eyes on the fence, just to the left of the pole.

Barred Owl on fence watching Racoon scrounge
Barred Owl on fence watching Racoon scrounge

Here’s a low quality 20 second video where you can see the owl’s eyes change as it turns its head.

Update: depending on how you are viewing this post, the video may not play. On Ted’s iPad, viewing through WP Reader, the controls are visible but nothing happens 🙁.

The raccoon came back about an hour later and there was no sign of the Owl. The camera had not picked up his movements coming or going.

I’m identifying the bird as a Barred Owl based on size and regularly hearing one in the area.

GardePro A3 Trail Camera

Armadillo Quadruplets

Referred to as pups, baby Nine-banded Armadillos almost always come in fours. The fertilized egg breaks into four identical zygotes, yielding quadruplets.

Juvenile Armadillo Quintuplets
Juvenile Armadillo Quintuplets, Just off the boardwalk

No adult was to be seen supervising this quartet of constant movement. They nurse for two to three months then gradually venture off on their own.

Juvenile Armadillo
Juvenile Armadillo, Standing up

Insects, larvae and other food found on or in the ground make up the Armadillo’s diet.

Juvenile Armadillo
Juvenile Armadillo

This fellow shows off his claw and snout, the tools used to maximize his grazing.

Juvenile Armadillo
Juvenile Armadillo

Francis Beidler Forest, SC
July 9, 2022

Marsh Rabbit

The dike across the big pond at Donnelley WMA was rife with Marsh Rabbits the last time I went.

Marsh Rabbit
Marsh Rabbit

I lost count around twenty.

Marsh Rabbit
Marsh Rabbit, Munching on Grass

I didn’t see this one until I was right beside him; I was more surprised he didn’t bolt.

Marsh Rabbit
Marsh Rabbit

This one did. Smart rabbit.

Marsh Rabbit
Marsh Rabbit – I’m outta here

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
July 3, 2022

Dolphin In Marsh

Seeing Dolphins never gets old…

Dolphin Pair in Marsh
Dolphin Pair in Marsh

There was an exceptionally high tide that morning, allowing Dolphin to explore beyond their normal range.

Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek
Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek

These Dolphin would have traveled more than ten miles from St. Helena Sound to reach this point. Follow all the twists and turns along the yellow line I’ve drawn:

Path of the Dolphin, Nine miles (14.5 KM) as the crow flies

This spot is a dead end for their travels.

Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek
Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek

The pair swirled around in this pool a few times then disappeared back the way the came.

Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek
Dolphin Pair in Marsh Creek

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
May 15, 2022

Twin Lambs and a Single

Last year the first one lamb at Middleton Place was born April 7th so I was somewhat surprised when I stopped by on Monday, March 14th and was told “any day now.” I didn’t get back until Thursday, to find a single had been born on Tuesday and a set of twins arrived just that morning.

Twin Lambs, Born March 17
Twin Lambs, Born March 17

The twins were finishing up feeding when I got there and almost immediately collapsed into sleep.

Twin Lambs, Born March 17
Twin Lambs, Born March 17

The older one was more adventurous, spending some time under the shelter.

Single Lamb, Born March 15
Single Lamb, Born March 15

Then she checked out her new mates.

Single Lamb Checking Out The Twins
Single Lamb Checking Out The Twins

I look forward to photographing them as they grow, and hopefully in better light.

Single Lamb
Single Lamb

The twins having a look around.

Twin Lambs and Mama
Twin Lambs and Mama

Middleton Place BarnYard, Charleston, SC
March 17, 2022

 

Nine-banded Armadillo, Closer Up

As I passed the  Armadillo Pair I was able to get a few closer images of just one.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

They spent most of their time rooting through the leaves and pine needles, searching out insects to eat.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

Eventually, he meandered off into the woods leaving me with an interesting view of his segmented tail.

Nine-banded Armadillo
Nine-banded Armadillo

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
July 23, 2021