Tag Archives: Nesting

Another Stick for the Nest

After the Stuck Stick episode the Great Blue Herons had better luck with the next try.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

Once the Heron turns you can see this is also a long stick.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

The female sees her mate coming…

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

and throws her head back in a hearty welcome.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest – the stuck stick still in place towards the left

February 10, 2021

A Stuck Stick

I arrived at this Great Blue Heron nest just as the male was delivering a long stick for the nest. The female went to work.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

But the stick was wedged in place.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

She thought about it while her mate wisely looked the other way.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

She pulled but that stick did not give.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

GBH have short attention spans: she went back to prodding the sticks already in place and a few moments later he flew off for another bit of nest material.

Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest
Great Blue Heron Pair Working On Nest

February 10, 2021

Waiting

The top deck of the skinny tree has been occupied by a Great Blue Heron for several weeks. Some “nestoration” had been completed when I took this at the end of December.

Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest
Great Blue Heron Standing on Nest, December 29, 2020

Compare the nest to this image from December 14, before this nest site was claimed and a few orange leaves were still hanging on.

The Skinny Tree
The Skinny Tree

Great Blue Heron Singing for a Mate

At the darkest point of winter the end of my favorite pond where much of the Great Blue Heron nesting activity is in shadows while the Herons are still working at attracting mates.

Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate

The White Ibis wasn’t impressed with the song  and decided to move on.

Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate

The GBH remained hopeful, long feathers up.

Great Blue Heron Waiting For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Waiting For A Mate

I moved a bit further on, and the ritual began again.

Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate
Great Blue Heron Calling For A Mate

January 3, 2021

Great Blue Heron Stick Gathering

Another nesting season has begun for the Great Blue Herons and this male was on a mission to find some nest material.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Pond Edge
Great Blue Heron Flying to Pond Edge

You can see from looking at the stick selection on the ground around him that he should have considered going a bit further from the nest.

Great Blue Heron Looking for Nest Material
Great Blue Heron Looking for Nest Material

He eventually found a small stick.

Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick
Great Blue Heron Flying With Stick

The route to his nest in the skinny tree was into the sun so this isn’t much of an image but gives you the idea of the action. And that the skinny tree is still standing.

Great Blue Heron Flying to Mate in Nest
Great Blue Heron Flying to Mate in Nest

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
January 4, 2021

Eagles Have Returned

After only a few sightings over the summer, I’ve seen quite a few Bald Eagles in the last few weeks. This pair was watching a pond below them.

Bald Eagle Pair in Tree
Bald Eagle Pair in Tree

My walking route took me past a nest I know Eagles  used last mating season and I wondered if I could even see it. The last time I passed by here the foliage on the lower trees was too thick to get a clear view. Since then a few leaves have dropped, vines have drooped and fortuitously the late afternoon was shining through a gap in the trees, spotlighting the nest.

Eagle's Nest, Resting
Eagle’s Nest, Resting

You can visit my post It’s Twins, Eagles That Is! for some views of the nest in use last winter.