Sunday, July 9, 2017
Two Rare Green Heron Rituals Await You
Subadult Green Heron
Green Heron Immature Clutch #1
Ditto, Both on 070217
Green Heron Meeting, 070317
Prelude to Egg-Laying Ritual
Green Heron in Nest 4
Egg Laying Ritual Begins
Green Heron Preens
Prior to Pair Bonding Ritual
Green Heron at Nest 5
Green Heron Pair Bonding Ritual
"The Stick Seals the Deal!"
Great Egret, 070818
Week of 070117 to present
There is a lot to cover this week and a lot of excitement.
First, I obtained an adequate enough photo to show the nest 4 bird. Thanks are to the graces of the wind, and her position. The female stays on the nest overnight, then both male and female trade off positions during the day.
I have seen it before, but we also were privy to the egg laying ritual. When all the eggs are lain, the male will inform the colony. He begins by taking a high perch so that all may see him. He then makes himself look large and mighty and sways back and forth a couple of times. He then goes to visit all the birds on their perches, including any juveniles. This bird then went in search of food for the female.
Soon thereafter, a new set of birds became a couple, and she accepted this male. One of the birds is a subadult, the female.
We were later gifted with a Green Heron in nest 5, changing position. This is another time to thank the wind and our illustrious bird on it.
Therefore, we have two active nests, at least one with eggs. By now, we could have chicks in nest 4, but I cannot see yet.
Hope you enjoy what nature has brought, and thanks for viewing!