Tag Archives: Nesting

Great Blue Heron Repurposing The Skinny Tree Nest

It seems that the Great Blue Heron couple have abandoned nesting at the Skinny Tree sometime in the last week.

Great Blue Heron at Skinny Tree
Great Blue Heron at Skinny Tree

Another enterprising GBH spent a couple hours on Tuesday removing material from what had appeared to be a robust nest.

Great Blue Heron at Skinny Tree, Stealing Sticks
Great Blue Heron at Skinny Tree, Stealing Sticks

This heron’s nest is just at the other end of the pond, in the big island.

Great Blue Heron at Skinny Tree, Stealing Sticks
Great Blue Heron at Skinny Tree, Stealing Sticks

He made lots of trips mostly with small branches while I was watching.

Great Blue Heron Leaving Skinny Tree with Stolen Stick
Great Blue Heron Leaving Skinny Tree with Stolen Stick

Of course it is not theft to them, it is taking advantage of easy pickings.

Great Blue Heron Leaving Skinny Tree with Stolen Stick
Great Blue Heron Leaving Skinny Tree with Stolen Stick

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
January 31, 2023

A Time To Nest, Canoodling

The Great Blue Heron pair took a few moments to bond after the male  brought a stick for the nest.

Great Blue Heron Pair
Great Blue Heron Pair

OK, enough of that.

Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest

Ready for another stick!

Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest

Off he went.

Great Blue Heron Male Flying Off
Great Blue Heron Male Flying Off

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
December 28, 2022

Google shares a lot about the word Canoodle, I’ll leave it at “This somewhat silly-sounding word applies to somewhat innocent physical affection.”

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

These Roseate Spoonbill chicks were about to get fed, and they were ready!

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks, both adults

There were at least three chicks, the two in the middle and check out the lower left corner:

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

The way the adult facing away from us kept poking down below her mate I wondered if there was a fourth chick out of my view.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

A little wider view showing more of the palm tree.

Roseate Spoonbill Chicks
Roseate Spoonbill Chicks

St. Augustine Alligator Farm, FL
April 13, 2022

Great Egret Chick Pair, Prequel

After I posted Great Egret Chick Pair yesterday I remembered I had taken some pictures earlier this spring at their nest. They aren’t great images, but I thought interesting as part of yesterday’s story.

On April 29 the adult was laying on the nest, presumable incubating eggs. At that point based on previous years’ outcomes I didn’t have much hope for a productive nest.

Great Egret On Nest
Great Egret On Nest April 29

Then on May 17th I discovered the chicks had not only  hatched but grown enough to be visible.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks May 17

I’d say a week to ten days old as a guess.

Great Egret Chicks
Great Egret Chicks May 17

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
April 29 and May 17, 2022

Nesting Oystercatcher

American Oystercatchers make “divot” nests, basically a depression in the ground which in this case was a mound of shells.

Oystercatcher on Nest
Oystercatcher on Nest

While one adult sat on the nest the other paced around…

Oystercatcher on Nest, Mate on Walkabout
Oystercatcher on Nest, Mate on Walkabout

…what else is there to do until the young hatch?

Oystercatcher on Walkabout
Oystercatcher on Walkabout

I didn’t get a very good picture of the overall scene, but this gives you an idea of how vulnerable these birds are.

Oystercatcher on Nest, Mate on Walkabout
Oystercatcher on Nest, Mate on Walkabout

Marsh edge of Kiawah River, SC
June 1, 2022

Meanwhile, Level 2 of the Skinny Tree

Or, The Challenge

I know you are down there!

Great Blue Heron Alert to an Intruder
Great Blue Heron Alert to an Intruder

And I want you to leave!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Not going!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Says who?

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

Oh, I think you are!

Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron
Great Egret Challenges Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron won this round when the Great Egret took off but it was less then ten minutes and he came back.

The Skinny Tree, Great Blue Heron in top nest, Great Egret working nest below
The Skinny Tree, Great Blue Heron in top nest, Great Egret hasn’t made much progress on his nest down below

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
March 15, 2022