Category Archives: Perching Birds

Grackle and a Menacing Sky

A storm seemed imminent with darkening clouds and some distant thunder so I was headed back to my car from the swamp. A number of Grackles were entertaining me along the way, including this one perched on a slowly deteriorating tree. The tree reminds me of an artwork, perhaps a wrist and hand holding up the sky.

Grackle in Dead Tree
Grackle in Dead Tree

A few more steps along and a different look to the sky and those outstretched fingers.

Grackle in Dead Tree
Grackle in Dead Tree

I had driven barely a mile down the road when the sun came out bright. I’ve learned that summer thunder/rain storms around Charleston can be very localized and nothing to mess with.

Eastern Kingbird

Since I walked this path a month ago the water has been drained out of the pond behind this Eastern Eastern Kingbird.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Dragonflies were hovering over the mostly dry pond bed and the Kingbird was taking advantage. He had a nice snack of what looked like an Eastern Pondhawk between these two images. Unfortunately swaying reeds on the bank ruined all images of that!

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

A chick joined the adult calling to be fed. The adult didn’t seem impressed and soon they swooped off together. Time for the juvenile to catch his own lunch.

Eastern Kingbird and Chick
Eastern Kingbird and Chick

Grackle Feeding Chick

I was busy watching a Green Heron when I realized there was a commotion going on in a nearby tree top.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

The juvenile Grackle was calling out his hunger in a big way.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

After delivering a good size insect the chick continued to call for more.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

The adult was not persuaded to go after another round of food and stayed put, listening to the chatter.

Grackle Feeding Chick
Grackle Feeding Chick

Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern Kingbird is a perky flycatcher known for being tyrannical. These two entertained me as they called and flitted along a tree line running between two ponds.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

There may have been a third one, it was hard to tell the way they were moving around.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

At least this one was behaving like a juvenile waiting for food to be brought.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

He made a few forays out over the water after bugs but I’m not sure he caught any before getting safely back to his perch.

Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Male Summer Tanager

Yesterday I spent some time in a quiet corner of Magnolia Plantation where pine forest and marshland come together. There is a small field that is kept mowed around a few scraggly trees, perfect for a Summer Tanager to hunt for bugs.

Summer Tanager
Male Summer Tanager

I watched this one flit back and forth in the higher tree branches until he took a break down closer to the ground.

Summer Tanager
Male Summer Tanager