This morning's visit from the heron was thrilling. (A little later I heard some brief cackling and spotted a heron stopping in one of the trees where nesting has previously taken place.)
The first year we hosted green herons, there were seven offspring from at least two nests. The birds visited the pool when we were swimming, eagerly accepting gifts of crickets. In following years the birds were less numerous and more skittish.....and the hawks took a great toll.
Hope springs eternal..... We hope that one or more mating pairs will nest in our trees and bring off a brood successfully.
These photos are from previous years. The mahogany breast is seen on adult birds; young herons have striated breast markings. Green herons are swift fliers (unlike the Great Blue Herons who fly at a much more stately pace.) Generally they are shy and prefer not to be watched.
|An upstairs window gave us a view of the nest high in one tree|
|Young herons waiting for handouts|