Friday, July 15, 2016

Clutch 2 and 3 preparing for the Arrival of Young Siblings


                                                         Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 3


                                                          Green Heron Chick, Clutch 3


                                                                           Ditto


                                                                            Ditto


                                                        Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 2


                                                         Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 3
                                                                  Just Prior to Feeding


                                                 Green Heron Adult and Clutch 3 Chicks
                                                                 "Feeding Assault"


                                                                           Ditto
                                                               "Feeding Assault 2"


                                                          Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 3
                                                                      Post Feeding


                                                       Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 2


                                                             Green Heron First Summer


                                                                         Ditto


                                                      Green Heron First Summer (Right)
                                                                Clutch 2 Bird (Left)


                                                            Green Heron First Summer


                                                                 Green Heron Adult


                                                            Green Heron First Summer


                                                                          Ditto


                                                         Green Heron Chick, Clutch 3


                                                       Green Heron Juveniles, Clutch 2


                                                         Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 3


July 12-14, 2016

78-80 degrees F/partly to mostly cloudy, variable/10 mph winds, except July 12, which was 16
     mph winds/68-70% RH

All days experienced unsettled weather


Over these three days, over six hundred photos were obtained of various behaviors, some of which
included the feeding of clutch 2.  Most of the feedings were done by the first summer bird, while
the adult birds looked on and/or fed themselves or the females sitting on nests.  The first summer bird
fed both sets of youngsters and did an exemplary job in its capacity, resting for 20-30 minute time
periods when necessary.

Even the clutch 3 birds are quite flighted, even though they have not gone on a maiden voyage at
this time.  They have been doing some experimental movement, which includes showing themselves at the rear of their immediate boundaries, and show no sense of caution.  As such, I control what I
can to keep them as safe as possible.  Clutch 2 members are still fearless and have been going for
longer flights with experienced bird(s) upon occasion.

The eldest member of clutch 3 has been going to the water's edge and wandering about the immediate nest tree area, but no land movement has been observed at the rear of the colony, like the members of
clutch 1 in their early lives.