I checked on the Green Heron nests first thing Saturday morning (6/29). The first nest was still occupied as expected, and I was happy to see that two herons were working on the second nest (NS2) after three days of inactivity.
Late in the day I noticed one of the herons standing at the nest and could see an egg just below the bird. The birds are, without a doubt, committed to this nest site.
Both heron nests now contain eggs. This is going to be an interesting summer!
I still have not seen four herons together at one time in the Wetlands. Is there only one male tending these two nest? If so, this will be a very busy summer when the eggs hatch, assuming the male helps to feed chicks in both nests.
Will the females bring food to the chicks in both nests? That will be difficult to determine without marking the birds in some way to distinguish one from the other.
Today (7/3), undaunted by the rain, the heavy ceaseless rain, both females are huddled up on their respective nests. Let’s hope they can muster enough heat to keep the eggs going.
One more question, will this rain stop anytime soon?
Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
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