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These Great Blue Heron juveniles were sitting in three sturdy nests comprising a rookery in the upper branches of a very tall, stout, Pine Tree.  The Great Blue Heron families were located next to a Koi Pond at a privately operated neighborhood park in my community.  I had included photographs of these herons a few weeks ago in a post here on the blog.  I decided to go and see how the chicks and their parents were doing.

I was quite surprised to see that instead of the two nests up in that tree, there were in fact, three nests!  Several of the juveniles are almost adult-sized birds now and I think they spread out instead of crowding into the two nest areas.  Way up in the crown of the tree is that third nest.  There were two much younger chicks in that nest.  One of the parent birds was standing watch from the tree next to the rookery.  Herons seem to be excellent parents.  This park and the nearby ranch, offers nesting areas, food, and water to these magnificent wading birds!  I took these pictures on May 7, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "The Great Blue Heron Rookery Revisited" (7)

  1. that’s so awesome!

    • Hi Theresa, Thanks! I am grateful to the property developer (manager of this wonderful park) who enjoys wildlife and acts accordingly (They have been here 30+ years). Have a super great day!

  2. Very cool seeing the rookery and the juvie herons. They must grow really fast. Great shots. Have a happy weekend!

    • Hi Eileen, Thanks a bunch! Yes, I think Great Blue Herons are quick to mature and are generally largish to begin with. That old Pine was really loaded up with at least three larger juveniles and the two younger chicks. Mom and Pop were next door. No wonder there are three nests in that single tree! Have a super weekend!

  3. You are so fortunate to be able to see them in the nest! What a privilege!

    • Hi Montucky, I agree! This rookery would go un-noticed if the birds did not squawk at times. The nests are very high up. Have a super great weekend!

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