Saturday, August 13, 2016

Is It Always That Hard to Get Those Green Heron Teens Out of the House?


                                                              Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


                                                         Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 5

     
                                               Adult Green Heron Feeding Clutch 5 Chick


                                                                          Ditto


                                                         Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 4


Monday, 08-01-16

0711-0845 hrs./75-83 degrees F/partly cloudy/37-31% RH/10 mph S winds

It is getting later in the season and it is time to get these birds growing faster and moving about
more.  These message is quite clear with the adult's behavior.  These birds could be on the move
by the middle of the month, UNLESS they decide that they are going to raise more young ones.  Once the young birds are gone, there really is no reason for them to stay here, so we'll soon see what their plans are going to be.



                                                       Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 4


                                                         Green Heron Chick, Clutch 4


                                               Adult Green Heron Leaves Clutch 5 Chick


                                              Adult Green Heron Flies by Clutch 4 Chicks


                                                         Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 4


                                                         Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 4


                                                           Green Heron Chicks, Clutch 5


                                                     All Green Heron Chicks in Clutch 4


Tuesday, 08-02-16

0710-0928 hrs./79-85 degrees F (feels like 87)/partly cloudy/13 mph SSW winds/53% RH

All juvenile Green Herons are still on The Cove, but they won't be around much longer, the
way that the parents are trying to encourage flight.  Today they have been flying back and forth
several times, hoping to get the young ones to follow.  One clutch 4 bird actually did and was
gone for a short while.  There is no doubt that the adults want these youngsters out of here, but
they are hard to convince.



                                                      Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 4


                                                                   Adult Green Heron


                                                       Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 4


                                                           Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 4


                                                                          Ditto


                                                         Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 5


                                                       Adult Mallard, Missing Right Eye


                                                        Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 4


                                                                             Ditto


                                                        Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 4


                                                                             Ditto


                                                          Last Two Clutch 4 Juveniles


Wednesday, 08-04-16

82-88 degrees F/0716-0909 hrs./partly cloudy/8 mph SSW winds/63% RH

Our youngsters are starting to get the idea that sort flights are the key to survival when they
are out of their parents' care.  It also seems that they have an interest in the center tree, as they
all are pointing in that direction.  That leads me to believe that we have more youngsters on the
way, which is surprising, but very possible.




                                                        Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 4


                                                                Green Heron Adult


                                                        Green Heron Juvenile, Clutch 4


                                                                 Green Heron Adult


Sunday, 08-07-16

76-83 degrees F (feels like 89)/0758-1024 hrs./mostly cloudy/8 mph NE winds/72% RH

Both parents are working very hard and are almost in a frenzied state to get our illustrious
young birds OUT OF HERE.  It is as plain as the nares on their bills that they need to find
another place to stay.


Monday, 08-08-16

All the juvenal birds that are left are the youngest two, one from clutch 4 and one from clutch 5.


Tuesday, 08-09-16

0800-0915 hrs./77-81 degrees F (feels like 87)/partly cloudy/80-74% RH/light and variable SE winds

The two youngest, one from each clutch, 4 and 5, are hiding in the shadows of the shore.  Great Blue
Heron and Great Egret are under the impression that this area now is free once again.  No adults were in sight wen I passed by.  I think that they're in for a rude awakening...