Green Heron Nests, or Not?

Once again, Green Herons have decided to nest in our Wetlands. Two pair of herons have again concluded that our Wetlands is suitable for raising their young. We have enough food, shelter, and whatever else it is that herons seek when looking for a place to raise a family. The birds have chosen the same trees as they had nested in last year although not the exact locations in those trees. The nest building was going at a feverish paceRead more

What’s All The Excitement About?

Perhaps the reality has hit the heron that it has four nestlings to feed! That’s right, four nestlings!! The bird above is just below the nest (NS2) in a willow just off the Main Wetlands Overlook. I too, was excited when it was pointed out to me this weekend that there were four nestlings in this nest. Kevin (photographer), who comes by the Museum on weekends to photograph some of our wildlife, noticed four downy heads bobbing around in the nest insteadRead more

Three of a Kind & a Visitor

Just to update you on the green herons in the Wetlands, I was able to get a shot showing three nestlings in the first nest (NS1). Meanwhile, over at NS2 on the other side of the Wetlands… The young heron in the above photo was in the same tree as NS2 and was being watched very carefully by the adult tending to her two nestlings. The immature bird got within four or five feet of the nest and decided toRead more

Fuzzy-headed nestlings

I’ve posted many pictures of the Green Heron nests since their discovery in our Wetlands back in June. On Thursday (7/18), just four days ago, I happily reported that one of the eggs in one of the two nests had hatched. The following day while making my last sweep of the outdoor areas of the Museum at closing time, I stopped by the nest to see if there was any progress with the residents. I took about a dozen photos. Here’sRead more

Eggs Hatch!

Things can change quickly in the wild. This morning, I posted about the heron nests in the Wetlands and how one nest had what looked like three eggs. Since then, and twenty-one days from the day that I first noticed eggs in that nest (NS1), at least one of the eggs has hatched. While walking past the nest, I noticed a change in posture of the sitting heron, it was now standing at the nest consistently looking down into the nest. ThroughRead more