Tag Archives: Nesting

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

Great Blue Heron Family in the Skinny Tree

The “Skinny Tree” still stands and this breeding season a Great Blue Heron pair is raising a family here. Three chicks hatched and two have succumbed.

Great Blue Heron Alert to Incoming Mate
Great Blue Heron Alert to Incoming Mate – The chick’s head fuzz is just visible by the adult’s left leg

Somehow, the GBH on the nest knew the mate was about to land.

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

The Great Blues give each other the showiest greetings when one returns.

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

All that taken care of, it’s time to feed junior.

Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest, One Adult Feeding Junveile
Great Blue Heron Pair at Nest, Adult Feeding Juvenile

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

Great Egrets: Building The Nest

Great Egrets’ primary nesting material is sticks. The males go back and forth fetching whatever loose stick or twig they can find around the rookery.

Great Egret Flying With Stick
Great Egret Flying With Stick

The female often makes a big display when he returns to the nest site.

Great Egret Flying To Mate With Stick
Great Egret Flying To Mate With Stick

It is common to see the pair work the stick into place together, although the female will continue to manipulate it after he leaves for the next piece.

Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest
Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest

In this last image you can see that this pair has a lot of work still to do before she lays eggs.

Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest
Great Egret Landing With Stick For Nest

March 6, 2022

Great Blue Heron Sentinel

A Great Blue Heron looking snazzy and with possession of one of the prime nesting spots at the rookery,

Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest - January 9
Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest – January 9

A different view a few days later.

Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest - January 13
Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest – January 13

There are now three chicks in this nest, although they didn’t show themselves while I was looking.

Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest
Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest – February 24

The Skinny Tree, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Charleston, SC
February 24, 2022