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Great Blue Heron Nests

Great Blue Heron chicks are getting big enough so that you can easily observe them (can you find all four?). Occasionally you can even detect flies and other insects buzzing about them, which, given the fact that nest sanitation is not a priority for herons, is not surprising. While the parents do toss the eggshells out of the nest, feces, partly eaten prey and even dead chicks often remain in the nest. Also, parents feed their young by regurgitating into the nest and the chicks will regurgitate when disturbed. Unlike most song birds, Great Blue Herons re-use their nest year after year. It is quickly apparent why they add more sticks and boughs to their nest every breeding season – were that housekeeping for humans was that simple!

2 responses

  1. Pat Nelson

    Your comment about housekeeping reminds me of when I was at the Ice hotel in Sweden. They’d “clean” the floors every day by bringing in fresh snow. I wished it could be that easy for me too! Instead, the more things I bring into my house, the harder it gets!

    June 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm

  2. Absolutely, Pat!

    June 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

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