Great Blue Herons in a colony nest called a “Rookery” were spotted yesterday, March 24, 2019, on Buena Vista Blvd. here in The Villages, Florida. The rookery is up in a huge Live Oak tree on the shore of a golf course pond. The rookery can be viewed from the multi-modal pathway. I saw three adults in the tree, two older chicks which are nearly ready to fly, and a much younger chick on a lower nest. An additional adult Great Blue Heron was standing on the shore.
The older chicks looked like they were very hungry! I spotted the parent heron attempting to feed both with limited success. After a few very active rowdy moments, that parent heron flew off to find more food! The young chick was very inactive. One of the adults was snoozing and occasionally would be awakened by the flapping of the older chicks above. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!