Date: 30 July 2023. I'm an
Auntie (green heron nest)
It all started with me at my desk in air conditioned comfort fixing
a boatload of Amazon links. I
was sitting at the dinette when the neighbors upstairs came outside.
were looking down towards the mangroves. As I am backed up into the
mangrove trees I came outside to see what what so interesting.
Immediately I heard a bird crying. And yes, green herons in distress
sound much like a crying infant.
favorite bird book,
Birds of North America,
green herons are at the bottom of the page.
cries lead me to discover the noisemaker, a small green heron. Above
her was Isis the snowy egret. This is Isis:
The green heron was hunched down while looking
upward toward the snowy egret.
Here is another picture of a green
heron when it was hanging out on Algae.
heron was obviously in distress. When I spotted the aggressor, a snowy
retrieved my syringe.
I wrote about the syringes in the
syringe was just the thing to scare off the snowy egret I call
Birds do not like to be soaked with a stream of water. As soon
as Isis flew away I looked for the Green Heron. She had
disappeared into the mangrove. I was unsuccessful in locating
Later in the
afternoon I spotted a nest with three ↓ BLUE
approximately 1" (3cm) long.
A bit about
green herons: These are skittish birds. They never come for a
handout and prefer to hunt along the shoreline. Minnows are a
favorite catch. When I walk out the dock the green heron will fly
away when I get within 5' of it. They appear to be solitary birds. More
specifically, I have yet to see two adults at the same time.
Here is a picture of a
GREEN HERON ↓
hunting along the shoreline under the mangroves:
The green herons are smaller birds and blend in
incredibly well with the world they inhabit. They are easy to miss on
a casual glance.
Now that I knew
where the nest was located I checked it each time I came off the boat.
Finally I saw
the MOM ↓ on the her nest. She is to the right of the two branches
that are almost vertical.
Her beak is black. The area around her eye is
Later that afternoon, the
NEW ONES ↓
The nest is well
placed. Even with concerted effort it took a LOT of time to locate the
hidden nest. The nestlings are so small and blend in well with the
branches. They are almost invisible.
The FLUFF BALLS
↓ are nearly invisible.
There is a SNOOK
↑ swimming under the mangrove tree.
Newly hatched, the three baby birds are
Watching the young ones grow is a
delight. By day three they resembled miniature pterodactyls. Gangly,
yet adorable. I am a bit of a sap when it comes to babies.
camouflage is impressive. Finding them is only possible because I know
where to look!
What surprises me most is the size of their beaks.
↓ hung out in the nest for about one
The legs, wings and beaks on the
grow incredibly fast.
In these photos you may have noticed
pods at the tips of the branches. In ideal circumstances those 8"
(20cm) long seed pods will
grow new mangrove trees. The yellow flowers remain after the pods fall
into the water.
Mangroves are an
incubator of life. If you ever have the privilege of visiting one
please do take the time to examine it carefully. In the branches you
should see several species of birds, or pelicans. The underwater area
beneath the branches protect minnows and fingerlings as they mature into
full grown fish. Recently there was a nice fat manatee eating mangrove
leaves near my Seaweed.
That large blob just below the mangrove branches is the
It has been a real pleasure to watch
the night heron nestlings as they began life less than ten feet from my home. I
truly am entirely blessed to live this life. Thank you for joining me.
Are you seeing baby birds near your home?
And, what type of birds?
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