Great Egret and Great Blue Herons

I’m Not Looking

With their nests occupying the same tree the Great Egret seems to have come to a truce with the Great Blue Heron chicks. For now.

Great Egret and Great Blue Herons
Nesting Great Egret and Great Blue Heron Chicks  – click image for larger view

When the chicks were smaller an Egret tried to evict the chicks by forcible means. They were successful at this in some other nests but these two chicks persevered. Today they were ignoring each other.

Great Egret and Great Blue Herons
Great Egret and Great Blue Heron Chick  – click image for larger view

If Great Egrets successfully hatch in this nest I expect there will be some more squabbling. I’m hoping the Great Blue Heron chicks will fledge before that happens. They are about nine weeks old so it can’t be too far off — I’ve seen estimates from seven to ten weeks.

Great Egret and Great Blue Herons
Great Egret and Great Blue Herons Chick- click image for larger view

This particular pair of chicks has shown very little sign of “wingercizing,” flapping their wings to get prepared to learn to fly. I’ve seen the larger chick in the nearby chick trio, younger by a couple of weeks, do it quite often. Maybe they just flap their wings and go one day.

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