This is one Mean Old Lady!

This is one Mean Old Lady!
Self-portrait: 'Quilter on Fire'

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Heron Signs

For some days I had seen only one of the young herons--moving in the branches of a neighboring tree, far from the nest--and I had seen neither of the adults.  The only encouraging sign was hearing a heron call--though I wasn't able to sight the bird.

Several times a day I would scan the branches near the nest, feeling discouraged, and wondering if another brood had been lost to the depredations of the broad-winged hawks who regularly hunt in the area.  

This was encouraging: 

Even if I couldn't spot the herons, plainly the tree had visitors.  

After a fruitless scan of the two front yard live oaks, I turned to go back inside, looked down at the sidewalk....... and got a surprise!

This is about 4" long.

There could be only ONE way for this little bream to appear on my front walk!  
I spotted two young herons moving in the branches, the better to hide from view.

Later that afternoon, we were seeing a friend out--at a fortuitous moment!  We witnessed three young herons being fed by an adult.  (It's something of a mob scene, as the young scramble, flap, and climb to reach the adult and be fed.  Evidence suggests that sometimes there is a bit of carelessness.

In the midst of our ongoing (seemingly endless) work at the lake, it's good to know that life goes on.


  1. Saw one of the herons next to the swimming pool when we got home near noon today. The heron objected to sharing the area with us, though, and flew into the tree, and then away.


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