Herons are some of the most entertaining birds to observe. In the forest near my house, is a trail system that leads me to many wonderful heron viewing areas.
I have the distinct pleasure of two heron species in these woods. From March through June, the great blue heron nests in a huge rookery in a pond in the center of the forest. Shown here is only about a third of there rookery!
It is a sight to see as these giant birds collect sticks and branches to spruce up their nests and impress their mates.
Most years there are about 12-15 pairs nesting in the rookery. When their babies hatch, oh my, it is quite the cacophony when their young are hollering for food!
The other species that is prevalent in these woods, is the green heron. This heron is about half the size of the great blue heron, and very dark shade of green, evident on adults on their wings and a bit of their crown.
They don't put on quite as big a show with their nesting, but they are definitely fun to watch as they hunt for frogs and small fish.
This past year I was able to view an adult and a juvenile for most of the summer. The juvenile, as shown below, has the same shape as its parent, but it's plumage is very mottled and brown. They are a bit clumsier and ten times more fun to watch!
Here's to hoping I get some more green herons in my forest again this year! Please join in tomorrow for the letter "I"!
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