herons at Fruitgrowers Res near Eckert
- Anyone else notice the abundance of great blue herons at Fruitgrowers? I have yet to actually try to count them but a casual glance around lately shows thirty or more, and I got a photo today of twelve in a group on the W side of the lake.
Any idea what they are eating? I didn't see it when the fish kill happened, but I have to assume that some fish survived, or else there has been an infusion from somewhere. I am almost certain I saw a sunfish of some sort go down a gullet last week. Spillover from upstream ponds? Bucket plant? Or are they subsisting on something like dragonfly/damselfly larvae, tadpoles, salamanders??
On another note, I almost stepped on a junco nest today, which contained a couple of the UGLIEST little chicks. OK, they may be so ugly they are cute.
also found a spotted sandpiper chick, and we got a Lincoln's sparrow to sit still long enough for a mediocre picture. Not a bad day, all in all.
Sorry, Jason, my boss's block trumps yours, especially when it is downwind of a fire! *S*Dennis Garrison
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