Category Archives: Birds

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

This Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker’s movement in some dead trees caught my eye. I could hear cheeping from him and two or three others nearby.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

The conundrum of where to look: I decided not to take my eyes off this one. If he flew I likely wouldn’t spot him as he blended in with the Spanish moss and snags. And I may not be able to spot the others.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

He performed the classic rotation around the limb woodpecker maneuver.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

He paused for a moment before zipping off into a leafy tree with no photo opportunity.

Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker
Juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 19, 2021

Pileated Woodpecker, Learning to Forage

There were two Pileated Woodpeckers in a Live Oak tree above my head, picking through the Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern. The vegetation looks lovely in the tree, but sure limits photography of birds.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

I never saw what they were eating but it appeared to be berries or nuts, and no pecking was going on.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

It is likely this was an adult teaching a juvenile as a few times the younger looking one was just watching then got fed.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

One came out into the open just before they flew off.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

July 23, 2021

Sticky Beaks

Fellow blogger Ms. Liz, (ExploringColour.wordpress.com/) recently introduced me to the New Zealand term “sticky beak” used for an inquisitive and prying person.

Our chat came immediately to mind when I saw this group of barnyard chickens trying to peak through the slats into the coop where a few other chickens had been confined.

Chickens Gathered at Pen
Chickens Gathered at Pen

This chicken might have been as nosey but was exploring on his own.

Plymouth Rock Chicken Down the Lane
Plymouth Rock Chicken Down the Lane

Pea Hen

A Pea Hen was perched on the wall around the Middleton Place Stable Yard late one afternoon.

Pea Hen on Brick Wall
Pea Hen on Brick Wall

I hadn’t seen or heard any Pea Fowl at Middleton this spring and had wondered if they still hosted any. They roam free and easily fall victim to any number of predators.

Pea Hen on Brick Wall
Pea Hen on Brick Wall

Looking around I only saw this one dapper looking hen, no Peacocks. Other years a half dozen or more were all around the stable area.

Pea Hen
Pea Hen, Showing Off Her Neck

May 2, 2021

Red-headed Woodpecker

The Red-headed Woodpecker is a bird that I have only glimpsed, generally flying away from me. Then a few weeks ago I saw two in less than ten minutes!

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

The second one, perhaps a mate to the first, tormented Ted and me with knocking that we could not locate. Who knew they could make such a racket inside a tree?

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker

Once out of the cavity he stuck to the shady side of the tree.

Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker