Tag Archives: Green

Skinny Tree at Rest

I would never be surprised to find the Skinny Tree had succumbed to the elements and fallen into the pond. Happily, it made it through another wading bird nesting season,  providing a start to one Great Blue Heron chick in the top nest and five or six Great Egret chicks in at least two nests lower down.

All sorts of birds will use the tree as a perch for the next several months for fleeting moments. Come December the cycle will start again again when the Great Blue Herons start staking out nest sites and hopefully this tree will be around to participate.

The Skinny Tree, Ravenswood Pond
The Skinny Tree, Ravenswood Pond

It appears that the duck box has no bottom, so any Wood Ducks looking for a nesting spot will have to find another location.

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

Green Grasshopper, Eating the Best Part

I could have seen this coming, if I had known how tasty a closed hibiscus bud could be to a grasshopper.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

I turned away for a few minutes after taking the photos in my post Green Grasshopper, Foreshadowing, with him on a leaf.  and when my attention returned to him he had moved.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

And found lunch.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

The closed bud was pretty dense and he was working hard to gnaw the top off.

Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud
Green Grasshopper Eating Hibiscus Bud

Tiny Tree Frog

This is the smallest Tree Frog I’ve ever seen, no bigger than my pinky fingernail. I’m calling him a juvenile, but have no idea how old he might be, or how he came to be on our patio.

Juvenile Tree Frog
Juvenile Tree Frog

Ted spotted him first, and thought it was the head of a juvenile Carolina Anole peaking up over the leaf.

Juvenile Tree Frog
Juvenile Tree Frog

There was a young Anole patrolling this Curcumin plant and the frog soon disappeared into the dense middle and I wondered if they were aware of each other.

Juvenile Tree Frog
Juvenile Tree Frog