By: Marvin Bouknight
It looks like we’ve got our first eastern bluebird fledglings! Bluebirds nest early and here in the Lowcountry, they can have two, even three broods during the summer. If you watch your boxes closely, and know when all the birds have fledged, you can remove the nest from the box to prepare it for the next nesting cycle. Don’t worry if you’re not that tuned into your box’s inhabitants. It is also perfectly fine to leave the material in there. Many times, they will build right on top of the old nest, but for better chances of nesting success, you can remove the nest after the young have vacated the box.
Blue bird in his nesting box
By: Marvin Bouknight
Guess who moved into the birdhouse on the front of the Outfitters Center? A pair of Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis) has moved in the little bird house and laid 6 eggs! Carolina Chickadees are small birds about 4 inches in length with about a 6 inch wingspan. They are bluish-gray on the back with a white belly and have a black cap and throat, making them easy to identify. The eggs are only about half an inch long and are white with brownish-red spotting.
The eggs have hatched and mom and dad chickadee are busy going back and forth stuffing insects, caterpillars, spiders and other small invertebrates into the hungry mouths of the chickadee chicks! Stop by and check out the nest box. You won’t have to wait long to see mom or dad stop by with another meal for the hatchlings!
Chickadee peeking out of the birdhouse
This one caught the next meal!
By: Marvin Bouknight
Well, guess who’s back in town? You guessed it, a roseate spoonbill! We have been fortunate to have seen a roseate spoonbill over the last few years and for the last couple of years, one has spent almost the entire summer with us. Today, out and around Oldfield, sure enough, I saw a roseate spoonbill on the duck pond off of hole #11. This one has shown up earlier than they have in the past, but hopefully it’s not just passing through, maybe it will spend the summer here at Oldfield! If you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for a large, lightly pink bird with a spoon-shaped bill (duh!), usually hanging out with wood storks and other wading birds. This one was on the fallen tree with a few egrets on the far bank of the Duck Pond. Go have a look or better yet, join me for this Saturday’s bird walk and we’ll wander over that way to see of we can catch a glimpse of this beautiful and very different-looking wading bird!
Fred Church, Pat Rau, Scott Robinson and Steve Massas, together with the assistance of Lee McCaffrey from the Outfitters Center, spent an enjoyable morning on April 24 shooting the Sporting Clays course at the Turkey Hill Plantation in Ridgeland. While the shot to hit ratio wouldn’t win any tournaments, the fun quotient was 100% and the lunch which followed at Jaspers Porch had us all looking forward to the next one.
BY: Marvin Bouknight
The cool temperature today is no indication of spring, but spring is here and our neotropical birds are starting to arrive. Birds like warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, vireos and many more are starting to appear in and around the Lowcountry. Neotropical birds include one of the most beautiful and striking birds, the swallow-tailed kites. I saw my first kite of the year about a month ago, but had not seen any since. Today changed that, as I saw that beautiful black and white bird with a forked tail flying over the pastures up front! Keep your eyes peeled and on the lookout for our summer residents. It’s a sure sign of spring and summer!
Summer is just around the corner and once again we will be having our Equestrian Summer Camps!
Here are the dates for the camps:
Mini Camps (Ages 4 – 7)
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | 3 days | $100 per person
Tuesday-Thursday, June 10 – 12
Tuesday-Thursday, July 8 – 10
Full Day Camp (Ages 8 & up)
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 5 Days | $325 per person
Monday-Friday, June 16 – 2
Monday-Friday, June 23 – 27
Monday-Friday, July 14 – 18
Monday-Friday, July 21 – 25
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 5 Days | $360 per person
Monday-Friday, June 30 – July 4
Reserve your spot now!