Thursday, August 18, 2016

Catching Up on News and Green Heron Chicks Shine On

Eldest Green Heron, Clutch 6



                                                                  Green Heron Adult

                                                         Green Heron Chick, Clutch 6
                                                           Immediately After Feeding

                                                                   Great Blue Heron
                                                              Stands Fast on His Snag

                                                          Green Heron Chick, Clutch 6
                                                           Reacts to Sights and Sounds

                                                         Green Heron Chick, Clutch 6
                                                 "That's My Story, and I'm Stickin' to It"

                                                                      Great Blue Heron
                                                                  "Got My Eye on You"

                                                                         Great Egret

                                                                Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Sunday, 08-14-16

69-83 degrees F (feels like 86)/0720-1100 hrs./partly cloudy/13 mph NE winds/52% RH

It is definitely time for that cool change, and it was actually a pleasure to walk over three miles
to Boomer Creek, which I had not been able to inspect for a couple of months, since the last storm
knocked down so many of the snags that the Bald Eagles would perch on while surveying their

We also lost the snag on the north end of the lake proper, which was home to a Red-bellied
Woodpecker before it was usurped by European Starlings in 2012.  The following year, it was
home to Downy Woodpeckers.  This was the finest year, as we had breeding Great Crested
Flycatchers, as you might recall.  When it turned unbearably hot, I was not able to return to see
the young fledge.  There had definitely been young ones.

This was day four for our brave little Green Herons, who stayed out of Great Blue Herons way.
Even the parent worked around him in order to get food to the youngsters, but all was well.  It
was truly a beautiful day in the neighborhood with many other birds, including the Downy Woodpecker, Mississippi Kite, and Baltimore Oriole, just to pique your interest.