Category Archives: Birds

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

Colorful Barnyard Chickens

Along with the heritage breed Coastal Sheep that have free run during the day at Middleton Place there is a small mixed flock of colorful chickens.

Barnyard Chickens
Barnyard Chickens, Perched on Sheep Pen Dividers

TheĀ  Sheep had just been penned for the evening and needed a bit of grain to induce them into their quarters.

Barnyard Chickens, Sheep In Their Pen
Barnyard Chickens, Sheep In Their Pen

The chickens were well aware there might be droppage available for pecking.

Barnyard Chickens, Rooster Crowing
Barnyard Chickens, Rooster Crowing

They also seemed to know not to get amongst the sheep until they settled down,

Barnyard Chickens, Rooster Preening
Barnyard Chickens, Rooster Preening

A fourth fancy-looking fellow joined the crowd on the safety of the divider.

Barnyard Chickens
Barnyard Chickens

The big rooster decided to move on, dropping into an empty pen that is awaiting the birth of lambs, expected any day now.

Barnyard Rooster in Flight, or Glide
Barnyard Rooster in Flight, or Glide

Middleton Place
March 30, 2021