Tag Archives: Nesting

A Bird’s Gotta Eat

This Great Egret spent considerable time picking out this stick for his nest and finally took off.

Great Egret with Stick
Great Egret with Stick

He didn’t get far… I see something better!

Great Egret Stopping for Snack
Great Egret Stopping for Snack

Or a snack.

Great Egret Stopping for Snack
Great Egret Stopping for Snack

Snack swallowed and the stick hunting process starts again.

Great Egret Stopping for Snack
Great Egret Stopping for Snack

After picking up and discarding several options, he chose this modest stick to present to his mate.

Great Egret with Stick
Great Egret with Stick

March 18, 2020

Interloper Rebuffed

Great Egrets are trying to move in on the already nesting Great Blue Herons. This pair is not having it.

Great Egret Driven Off By GBH
Great Egret Driven Off By GBH

The GBH have at least one chick hatched in the nest at their feet.

Great Egret Driven Off By GBH
Great Egret Driven Off By GBH

One Great Blue took a stance over the chick while the other drove off the Great Egret.

Great Egret Driven Off By GBH
Great Egret Driven Off By GBH

The Great Egret didn’t go far, you can see him through the branches, and the parents stayed on alert.

Great Blue Herons in Nest
Great Blue Herons in Nest

March 10, 2020

It’s Twins, Eagles That Is!

I’ve been by this nest a few times this winter and not seen or heard any sign that it was occupied. I was quite surprised to see these two juvenile Bald Eagles peering out.

Juvenile Bald Eagles
Juvenile Bald Eagles

This is the nest from the other side. I’m guessing it is at least 50 feet (15 meters) off the ground.

Bald Eagle Nest
Bald Eagle Nest

I was not aware that one of the adults was there until looking at this images at home. Just above center in the middle of this image you can see the wing and part of the adult Eagle head.

Bald Eagle Nest
Bald Eagle Nest

Taken February 27, 2020

Great Blue Herons, Nesting

You may recognize the “skinny tree” as this GBH pair’s selected nesting spot. From a heron’s point of view it is a good location, surrounded by water.

Great Blue Heron Pair
Great Blue Heron Pair

They were starting from nothing as last year’s nest on this tree didn’t survive intervening storms.

Great Blue Heron Pair
Great Blue Heron Pair

The male had just brought a long stick, they mated, and then they took turns moving the stick around, so much so that I expected it to end up in the water below.

Great Blue Heron Pair
Great Blue Heron Pair

Despite their affectionate display I don’t think this pairing took. The male left and picked at some sticks across the pond but did not return. Eventually the female left, too. Sometimes they just leave to eat but don’t like to leave a started nest for interlopers so a committed couple takes turns. The next day six White Ibis were sunbathing here.

Great Blue Heron Pair
Great Blue Heron Pair

GBH Stick Run

A few pairs of Great Blue Herons are hard a work building nests at Ravenswood Pond. This male, identified by behavior as the female almost always stays at the nest to receive and organize the sticks, brought material from all around the pond.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

On this trip he headed to the pond edge closest to the nest, which happens to have the walking trail where I was standing.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

He swooped in under a Spanish Moss covered tree.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

December 17, 2019

GBH: Walk the Trunk Stick Selection

This Great Blue Heron landed awkwardly on a fallen tree then proceeded to examine the branches for nesting material.

Great Blue Heron Looking for Stick
Great Blue Heron Looking for Stick

I thought he might jump onto the bank where twigs were plentiful.

Great Blue Heron Looking for Stick
Great Blue Heron Looking for Stick

He thought better and continued out the tree trunk and yanked on a few well connected branches.

Great Blue Heron Looking for Stick
Great Blue Heron Looking for Stick

Maybe the higher ones will work better.

Great Blue Heron Looking for Stick
Great Blue Heron Looking for Stick

He put his long and flexible neck to good use with more yanking, but still no stick for the nest.

Great Blue Heron Looking for Stick
Great Blue Heron Looking for Stick