to the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of the “Wild Bird Scoop…"

We have had a hiatus from our newsletter "Wild Bird Scoop", but we are back and hope it will be enjoyable for you to receive and helpful in your pursuit of your passion for wild birds.

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In this issue we will be covering one of the largest wild birds and definitely the smallest, so please keep reading.

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If you are interested in fascinating and mysterious stories of the wild bird world then we have one for you this issue "The Mystery of the Great Blue Heron Rookery". But first I would like to offer you help with a topic which I often get asked about at this time of year.

blue jay clipartHummingbirds, are always a huge interest to so many people. Even those who wouldn't know anything about birding (although that is changing as more people are being educated about the joys and benefits of bird watching) are interested in these tiny feathered creatures.

We offer many pages of helpful information on our website:

  • Hummingbird Plants and Feeder Location

  • Hummingbird Feeder Maintenance

  • Hummingbird Food: “The Energy Drink”

  • Hummingbird Feeder Nectar Attracts Unwelcome Guests

  • Hummingbird Feeder Food

  • Hummingbirds in Their Natural Habitat: What do they eat?

  • Hummingbird Feeder Food

  • Hummingbird Feeder: When Should It Go Out

  • Hummingbird Feeder: Your Own Backyard Gallery of Artistic Delight

  • Hummingbirds

  • Take the Hummingbird Quiz

    blue jay clipartThe Mystery of the Great Blue Heron Rookery

    Two years ago we discovered a Great Blue Heron rookery not too far from our home. In 2010, we made it our goal to take pictures of the various stages of life in the rookery. Therefore with the early arrival of warm weather last year we made several trips to the rookery to see if we could catch a glimpse of these fantastic birds as they repaired their nests and got ready for the arrival of that year’s batch of babies.

    As this rookery has at least four nests we were excited about the possibilities of photographing the development of many young birds.

    great blue heron rookery photo

    Every few days we eagerly traveled to the site of the rookery. But each time we were disappointed to find it vacant. As days became weeks without the arrival of these magnificent birds we began to worry as to why they had not arrived.

    Were they victims of the Gulf oil disaster?

    Did they get lost?

    Needless to say we were not only disappointed, but also worried as to why the Blue Herons had not shown up at “their” rookery.

    great blue heron rookery photo

    Ironically, at the end of last summer I transferred to another location for the company that I work for.

    This past spring when we went back to our old “home town” we happened to pass by the rookery. And, much to our surprise all four nests were “busy” with new Blue Heron families! We were delighted to witness their return.

    But as happy as we were, we were equally dismayed that for some foolish reason I had left my camera at home. That is why I have no pictures to share of the chicks sitting up in their nests waiting the return of their parents with lunch. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was.

    Why did the Blue Herons return? We discovered that for no known reason, Blue Herons will vacate a rookery and use, or create another rookery elsewhere. Another birder gave us information that verified what we had experienced about the transience of the Blue Herons in terms of their choice of rookery location.

    She told us that in her area Blue Herons were using a rookery this year that had been vacant for more than a decade. We were astounded and comforted to discover this piece of information.

    If you would like to see more photos of the rookery visit our facebook page Wild Birds.

    … and that’s "The Scoop" for now!

    Happy birding!

    Judy

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