Great Blue Heron with Stick

Heron Nest Building Begins

Part of the ritual of selecting a mate and getting the nest ready for Great Blue Herons includes the male bringing sticks. This one found a mighty stick but had trouble figuring out how to get it into the nest.

Great Blue Heron with Stick
Great Blue Heron with Stick

He sat a few moments balancing with the stick on dead limb and then took off for another loop around the island.

Great Blue Heron with Stick
Great Blue Heron with Stick

He came in from much higher and a steeper angle.

Great Blue Heron with Stick
Great Blue Heron with Stick

Dropping in from above with much more grace than you might think possible he made a successfully delivery.

Great Blue Heron with Stick
Great Blue Heron bringing stick to nest

4 thoughts on “Heron Nest Building Begins”

    1. Thanks, Donna! The GBH are great fun to watch. It will be interesting to see if they keep this up when the cold returns. It wa 70 today but we’ll be back to more seasonable 40s and 50s next week.

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