Numbers have fluctuated from 14-24. Herons seem to be keeping to the trees, at least during the afternoon hour. They have expanded from the right side of the island to the left side as well. There has been some evidence of courtship, which you will see below. Clicking of bills, rubbing of necks… typical mating behaviors… just ask my wife.
Also present within the last week were a few osprey! A sign of spring, even when it snows one day! Osprey typically only eat fish, however I caught this guy bugging the herons (they didn’t seem to care) and also going after a group of seagulls! Interesting behavior, and made for some Discovery Channel moments.
I also happened upon a couple mallards sleeping adorably. Did you know that ducks can sleep with one eye open, resting only half of their brain at a time? Seriously, check out this RadioLab episode if you haven’t already.
More to follow in the coming weeks as the heronry prepares for spring! Don’t forget to set your watch ahead an hour this weekend! Unless you’re a heron… they don’t have watches… or wrists for that matter.