Tag Archives: Skinny Tree

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 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

Ravenswood Pond, October Morning

The sun had been up about an hour when I reached Ravenswood Pond on this October morning. There wasn’t any bird activity; the pond was choked with vegetation, so the reflections I hoped for were not to be had, either.

Sun Rising Behind Big Island, Ravenswood Pond
Sun Rising Behind Big Island, Ravenswood Pond

There were some rising tendrils of pond smoke.

Early Pond Smoke, Ravenswood Pond
Early Pond Smoke, Ravenswood Pond, Skinny Tree

There is an Anhinga drying his wings at the top of the Skinny Tree, but he blends right in.

Early Pond Smoke, Ravenswood Pond
Early Pond Smoke, Ravenswood Pond

Ravenswood Pond, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 18, 2021

 

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

Waiting

The top deck of the skinny tree has been occupied by a Great Blue Heron for several weeks. Some “nestoration” had been completed when I took this at the end of December.

Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest
Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest, December 29, 2020

Compare the nest to this image from December 14, before this nest site was claimed and a few orange leaves were still hanging on.

The Skinny Tree
The Skinny Tree

Great Blue Heron Stick Gathering

Another nesting season has begun for the Great Blue Herons and this male was on a mission to find some nest material.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Pond Edge
Great Blue Heron Flying to Pond Edge

You can see from looking at the stick selection on the ground around him that he should have considered going a bit further from the nest.

Great Blue Heron Looking for Nest Material
Great Blue Heron Looking for Nest Material

He eventually found a small stick.

Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick
Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick

The route to his nest in the skinny tree was into the sun so this isn’t much of an image but gives you the idea of the action. And that the skinny tree is still standing.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Mate in Nest
Great Blue Heron Flying to Mate in Nest

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
January 4, 2021