Author Archives: NatureNook

Ever Heard of ‘Possum on the Half-Shell?

I remember camping on Cumberland Island, right off the coast in southern Georgia, and getting surprised by a family of armadillos.  I was in my hammock, surrounded by thickets of saw palmetto that were only divided by leaf covered paths.  In the middle of the night, I heard a rustling in the leaves and thickets […]

A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican

Pelicans are pretty unique birds and are easily recognized.  Here in the Lowcountry, they are known as the “Lowcountry Coastal Air Force”, due to their ability to fly in tight formation literally right over the water, wheeling in the air, and just putting on spectacular displays of diving and splashing for their prey. Here in […]

Look, Up in the Sky!

We are extremely fortunate to have a diversity of raptors (birds of prey) that are found throughout the year here in the Lowcountry.  One bird that is actually pretty common, but most people haven’t seen is the Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis).  This graceful, soaring, and acrobatic bird is related to the hawks, but they can […]

The Boys of Summer

Spring and summer are times when the “boys” really shine!  By that, I mean that all of our songbirds (most of which migrate to our area and breed during the summer and then migrate back south) are here and the males are in their breeding plumage.  In birds, in most situations, the male is brightly […]

It’s Bluebird Time Again, Y’all!

Well, it seems like our winter has been sporadic and hints of spring keep popping up here and there with 70 degree temperatures and beautiful days.  Along with the warm temperatures, we’re not the only ones getting spring fever.  Our bluebirds are pairing up and starting their spring cleaning in bluebird houses across the Lowcountry. […]