The Great Blue Heron

Our resident male heron usually can be found around the back of the larger Oxbow Islands. He has a few favorite low lying branches where he waits patiently for a passing fish. Sometimes I think he’s just basking in the winter sunshine. He certainly has no intention of flying south for the winter.


This isn’t our heron, but it’s such a neat photograph! See more by clicking here.

I occasionally see our bird with another heron, but as the visitor is infrequent, can’t be sure if it’s his mate, or just a pal on a social call.

I always thought herons built nests high in the trees, but in the six years I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen a nest. Then I read on the Audubon website that sometimes they build their nests on the ground if they were on an island with no predators. Don’t we have coyotes living there?

Our heron’s nest is a mystery to me, perhaps a local resident has spotted it?

Here’s a heron’s nest on top of a telegraph pole.  Link  Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places!




Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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