Great Blue Heron Returns to Marion Rookery

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Returns

On Sunday morning, March 24th, the first Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) returned to the SouthCoast rookery in Marion, Massachusetts.  This lone Great Blue Heron stood tall in its nest and seemed focused on the horizon, as if waiting for its mate and others to arrive.

Empty Great Blue Heron Nest @ Marion Rookery

There are four heron nests directly on the shoreline of this Marion pond and several others in trees tucked away in the surrounding wetlands.  All of these other nests remained vacant this morning. 

Rebuiling Great Blue Heron Nest, April 2012

Last year we documented four pairs of Great Blue Herons on these pond-side trees rebuilding and buttressing their nests during the first week of April.  See Nest Building at the Great Blue Heron Rookery.


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