Tag Archives: South Carolina

Island Warbler

This Warbler was at the edge of the beach on Bulls Island, nicely camouflaged by his surroundings when he stayed in the undergrowth.

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With a steady wind coming in from the Atlantic Ocean he limited his time on higher perches.

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North America has more than 50 Warbler species, many that are quite distinct and easy to ID. This one seems to fit a few options to me, perhaps a Palm Warbler.

Bulls Island, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Awendaw, SC.

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo

The Yellow-billed Cuckoo normally forages at tree top level for caterpillars but this small group of 4 or 5 birds was flitting along the ground and low branches at the edge of a swamp near the Waccamaw River. When not eating they stayed perfectly still for 30 or more seconds, patiently watching.

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This area was recently roughed up by Hurricane Matthew and water is still high, possibly affecting both the birds’ and the bugs’ routines.

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Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC.

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Great Egrets

Several Great Egrets gave aerial shows around the old rice fields at Magnolia Plantation this afternoon.

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This one circled around swinging out over the Ashley River several times, seemingly undecided and looking for just the right perch.

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The water is high  and much of the vegetation is displaced due to Hurricane Matthew that passed through over the weekend.  Clumps of what I previously thought was solid earth have floated around the marsh or gotten pushed on to the berm, a few trees blew over, and a lot of the cane is flattened. From the ground is looks like a different place. I expect the bird’s eye view is quite different, too.

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Great Blue Heron

A number of Great Blue Herons posed in and out of the old rice fields adjacent to the Ashley River last week.  The reeds, weeds and bushes along the edge are starting to show that end of summer droop and a hint of color changes.

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This Heron was performing what appeared to be a cooling ritual with panting type breathing and his wings at bent angle.

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The classic pose, waiting and watching.

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