Category Archives: Heron

Little Blue Arrived

The next group of nesting birds are starting to arrive in the swamps.

Little Blue Arrived
Little Blue Arrived

I’m fairly sure there will be little documenting this years breeding season. Most every location, private or public, has been closed down and gates locked until further notice.

Some dirt roads going into the larger marshes are not blocked…yet. These are places we can actually go and see no people.

Early Shadows, Great Blue Heron

These days the nesting Herons have settled into a routine.

Some are poking new branches into a nest, others sitting on eggs, and some early arrivals swapping places so each mate can go hunt, for newly hatched chicks.

Early Shadows, Great Blue Heron
Early Shadows, Great Blue Heron

For the first time in a while I think these days will go undocumented.

Gates, public access points, and private lands are all being closed.

This morning we went out in wet and dark weather because we know soon we will probably be locked out… or locked in.

We have certainly made a mess of things…

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

A young bird, probably last years brood.

Juvenile Little Blue
Juvenile Little Blue

I don’t know if the Little Blue do any type of migration. I’m pretty sure we have several that have never left the immediate rookery area. Large marshes and a river are all within a few miles of here. Food would not be an issue.

Juvenile Little Blue
Juvenile Little Blue