Tag Archives: Winter

Resurrection Fern, On Brick

Resurrection Fern is the common name of the species Polypodium polypodioides, a plant  that grows on the surface of other plants and trees, and is most well known on Live Oaks around the Low Country of South Carolina. It springs to life when it rains, then slowly dries up, appearing dead.

Conversation with New Zealand blogger Ms. Liz about her post of a fern at Exploringcolour.wordpress.com/ has inspired me to work on ferns today. I thought I’d start small.

Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall
Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall

These fronds are typically 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 centimeters) in length (National Wildlife Federation) and this particular collection was smaller.

Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall
Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall, Dried Magnolia Seed Pod

The images in today’s post are of the fern growing on this  brick wall that encloses a cemetery plot. A one inch (2.5 cm) plus rainfall the day before had worked its magic and the fern was looking quite lively. I suspect squirrels use this wall as a lunch spot accounting for the partially chewed Magnolia seed pod.

Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall
Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC

I’m using the term Resurrection Fern loosely here, as it appears to me there are multiple variations and I know nothing about more specific identification.

Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall
Resurrection Fern on Brick Wall

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
December 31, 2021

I’ve posted about this fern a few times and it’s not uncommon for it to appear in other images along side a bird. Other Resurrection Fern Posts

 

Roseate Spoonbill With a Stick

This Roseate Spoonbill really wanted to sit in the Spoony Tree with his stick. I didn’t see him arrive, but think he just flew up from underneath the tree.

Roseate Spoonbill With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill With Stick In the Spoonie Tree

Who knows why, it’s not breeding season yet and he doesn’t look like he’s of breeding age based on still having pin feathers on his head.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

He took off when the Cormorants started squawking at him.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

The Anhinga was not impressed when he came right back.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

He headed across the dike, where he promptly landed in the mudflats and abandoned the stick for some fishing.

Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick
Roseate Spoonbill Flying With Stick

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
December 25, 2021

Tricolored Heron In Flight

It was a treat to see this Tricolored Heron fly by me rather slowly and in a straight line.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

I more often see them in something of a panic mode, flapping and squawking.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

The squawking can be fun to photograph but is often accompanied by erratic flying, which is not so easy to catch.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

These were taken in early January when the marsh reeds and grass were just brown.

Tricolored Heron In Flight
Tricolored Heron In Flight

January 3, 2021

Tucked in a Hummock

The big pond at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area is dotted with these little islands covered with clumps of marsh grasses. Maybe not quite technically hummocks, as I’m not sure the ground is in a mound or if the grass is just thriving in a clump.

It’s not uncommon to see Black-crowned Night-herons tucked into the grass, but on this cold day they were joined by a Great Egret and a Double-crested Cormorant was bobbing in the water. I couple other Night Herons came and went while I was watching.

Birds Tucked Into the Grass
Birds Tucked Into the Grass

Look closely and those little blurs are Swallows zipping through the air. By 11:30 AM it had warmed up enough for insects to be active at the water surface.

Birds Tucked Into the Grass
Birds Tucked Into the Grass

These Swallows are fast!

Swallows Over Marsh Grass
Swallows Over Marsh Grass

Restless Great Blue Heron

This was the scene under the Spoonbill Tree at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area on a recent cold and windy morning. The Roseate Spoonbills were wisely at the back of the pond, tucked under a bigger tree.

Great Blue Heron, Gallinules, and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron, Gallinules, and Double-crested Cormorants

A few Gallinules were popping in and out view and the Great Blue Heron seemed on the verge of doing something as he repositioned several times.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

The GBH moved back into the water when a Great Egret appeared. This dead tree, which has been a great perch for a Roseate Spoonbills over the last few years,  has taken another step towards its end as another good size limb has fallen off this winter.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and a Great Egret

I was expecting the Heron to drive off the other birds the way he came back around the front of the island all puffed up.

Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants
Great Blue Heron and Double-crested Cormorants

But he decided to ignore whatever was going on behind him at least for the moment, as one lone gull paddled by.

Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and Ring-billed Gull
Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorants, and Ring-billed Gull

February 4, 2021