Sunday, August 14, 2016

And the Prognosis Is, Clutch 6

                                              Clutch 6 Green Heron chick and Adult (Left)

                                                    Green Heron Chick, Clutch 6, Day 1

                                                               Green Heron Adult

Thursday, 08-11-13

0720-0914 hrs/78-86 degrees F (feels like 93)/partly cloudy/8-11 mph S winds/83-63% RH

Since I worked in the early morning the day before, this clutch 6 chick could have been out on
Wednesday.  Since the adults were hanging around, it was odd for them, because if there are no
eggs or chicks, they are out looking for food sources and have no reason to be at a nest sight.
Since that struck me as odd, I thought it best to stay awhile,  yet I didn't have long to wait.  One
of the adults flew to the nest tree, and out comes this ball of fluff wanting to be fed.  For some
reason, this tree has been hosting younger than average birds that want to be out in the world.
The little one wasn't out long, as sun and tender skin don't mix, so our little heron retreated back
into the cover of its willow tree.

                                                      Both Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 6

                                                       Green Heron Adult After Feeding
                                                                Both Clutch 6 Chicks

                                                        Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 6

                                                    Oldest Green Heron Chick, Clutch 6

                                                                  Adult Green Heron

                                                        Green Heron Chick, Clutch 6

Yesterday--Saturday, 08-13-16
69-83 degrees F (feels like 86)/0730-1030 hrs./partly cloudy13 mph NE winds/52% RH

There are two bouncing chicks today, and both of them want their share, and they got it.  A third adult was seen today on the sidelines and under clutch 5's former snag, so I am wondering if there might be
a clutch 7 in waiting.  Time will tell on that one.  These young ones are fit and have been receiving as
much food as they can handle.  They were out a little longer, and fortunately temperatures were much more palatable, for both the little ones and me.  The bright sun will keep them in until they have better body covering, but it won't take long.  They have been alert, watching ducks that fly by, and
Great Blue Heron set up shop near them, but they do their best to avoid him.

The adult Green Heron was trying to get the little ones motivated to come out of the tree, but they
would have none of that--yet.  It won't be long, and they could pick either one of the snags as home
base.  It will depend on where Great Blue Heron happens to be perched, as he has been there before
they come out of their tree.  The other clutches were usually out by the crack of 8, but these little
ones are out a little earlier, even with a later sunrise.