This Common Yellowthroat Warbler was a cheery sight on a recent cool morning.
A few days after seeing a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker investigate a tree cavity I saw a Chickadee do it.
It wasn’t as nice a day with a grey sky for a background, but the bird’s behavior was interesting.
The Chickadee went back and forth between this tree, which is dead, and an overhanging branch across the path. I’m not sure if he was looking for food or a potential nest site.
After the Chickadee flew off I went around the tree to see the cavity. I’ll be watching this spot when I pass by as spring progresses.
You looking at me?
The Tufted Titmouse is a perky bird that I haven’t seen much of in South Carolina. This one was flitting along a tree line at the edge of the swamp.
He paused for about 30 seconds allowing me a brief photo-shoot.
I heard him just as I stepped to the edge of the pond near a stand of Cattails. He saw me, but surprisingly didn’t bolt.
He looked around and assessed the situation.
A quick shift of position provided a capture that shows off his beautiful reddish-brown wings.
This Yellow-rumped Warbler, also known as “Butter Butt” paused as he was looking for snacks along the tree line of the rice field dike.
The warblers tend to be fast and elusive, usually working the inner branches as they move along a tree line.
It’s always a treat when they turn towards the camera, even though this is not the Butter Butt’s most colorful side.
The Eastern Phoebes around the rice field canals often eat by alternating flying out over the canal to gather insects and landing on a perch that overhangs the water.
The marsh reeds appeared golden at the end of the afternoon on this day and I was able to get a bit better background as I got closer to this Phoebe.
Not surprisingly, many of their chosen perches are obstructed from view by branches and reeds. And they don’t hold still very long.
The sky was gloriously blue and this Yellow-rumped Warbler flitted in and out of the trees along the rice field dike.
Anyone who follows birds, especially the small ones, knows the advantage of fall and leafless trees.
The other edge of the dike is lined with various evergreen trees making it easy for these little fellows to disappear in a flash.
An Eastern Phoebe flew up from the brush around the marsh edge and paused on this reed stalk.
I tried re-positioning myself to capture the bird with a sky background, but it was not to be as the Phoebe had other plans.
Pine Warblers usually stick to the trees but this colorful fellow was zipping around on the ground chasing insects.
These were taken at Charleston’s Magnolia Cemetery, which is a haven for small birds. There are lots of trees for shelter and the grounds are only minimally kept up and harbor insects of all sorts. Many of the plots are bordered with granite edging which helps these small birds trap lunch.
Swamp Sparrows are elusive and quick. Their non-breeding colors are not flashy and help them hide as they hunt along the marsh edge.
If you are fortunate enough to see one land, he might hold still long enough for a photo.
This one actually flipped direction giving me both a left and right profile. The reed foliage is drying up, giving more spotting opportunities than a month ago.