Monday, April 9, 2018

Blogging from A-Z • H • Heron

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"!



Todays earrings are a simple set of bronze bird charms with some red beads as an accent!  If you would like to be entered in a drawing to win 7 pairs of earrings, just comment below!




6 comments:

  1. Hey! That's a bird we actually have here! Most of the herons we have are around the beachy areas. They're known to stalk. fishermen and wait for handouts. And, they are so funny to watch. Since I've refilled my birdfeeder, I've only seen cardinals and doves. I need to set up a hummingbird feeder!

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    1. That sounds about right, with the doves and cardinals. I have a standard set of birds that visit my feeder, but every now and again I get a surprise. Like a hawk looking to eat one of the birds at the feeder! ;)

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  2. I love the earrings that seem to have a bit of whimsy. These birds are so elegant when they fly. I can't believe the number you found nesting. Kids always seem to squawk:)

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    1. I can't wait to see how many chicks are born this year. The heron are already laying on eggs at this rookery! Thanks for stopping by Birgit!

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  3. Those are some awesome pics. Every now and then I'll see one in the marshes.

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  4. What is there to say except <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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