As of April 25, 2019, all is quiet these days at the Commodore Park Heron Colony. The noisy business of building or rebuilding nests, courting this year’s mate, and fighting off competitors has morphed into sitting on eggs for about a month as the nests, built high in alder trees, sway in the wind. The parents-to-be share the incubation duty, so when one is sitting on the nest, the other is foraging for food. This year, herons are incubating in 29 out of 31 available nests.
Look carefully at the photos below to see if you can spot the heron incubating. In the first, you’ll see an orange beak peaking out – in the second, tail feathers.
Chicks will begin hatching any day! We’ll keep you informed.