I noticed this well camouflaged Red-shouldered Hawk perched in a tangle of crepe myrtle branches. Then I realized it was the flitting of the Mocking Bird that had caught my eye.
The Mocking Bird passed in front of the hawk undisturbed and went on his way.
It was late afternoon and I thought maybe the hawk wasn’t in feeding mode, but then he dropped to the ground. He immediately mantled over some prey, covering it from other potential predators.
That prey either escaped or was very tiny, consumed in one bite.
The hawk flew to another crepe myrtle and continued to watch the ground.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
November 3, 2022
Red-shouldered Hawk ID confirmed with Merlin Bird ID app.
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 16, 2022
I finally spotted the Osprey that had been calling, plaintively, for several minutes. By the time I raised my camera he had ducked down. The nest alone made an artsy silhouette on this grey day.
The Osprey is probably a juvenile, calling for a parent and hoping to get fed from the sound. An hour or so later he flew some laps around the area, and paused in this tree.
Then the sun came out and I saw the nest from a different angle, well placed in swamp.
August 26, 2022
Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner, SC
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.
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.
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
Kiawah River, SC
June 1, 2022
The owlet on the right is the one from yesterday’s post. After I took that picture he joined his sibling, and that slight head turn was the closest look I got.
May 17, 2022