Saturday, May 08, 2010
Great Blue Herons are among the earliest birds to return to our region in the spring and they are usually busy with their nests by the end of March. We went to a nearby heronry in early April and discovered that the trees in the woodlot which held the nests had been removed. This lot is private property and last year many thoughtless people trespassed on the land to see the birds. I would not be surprised if the birds themselves left and chose a more secluded spot to raise their young.
As it turned out this strange spring season, I found a migrating Great Egret before I found a Great Blue Heron. (I found the GBH five minutes after the egret) Great Egrets stage here in the spring and fall between their winter and summer destinations. I enjoy watching this elegant bird.