GBH Behavior Question

Discussion in 'Birds' started by drueter, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. drueter

    drueter

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    Apr 24, 2005
    Southeast Texas
    I'm wondering if some Great Blue Heron behavior I'm seeing lately is unusual or if others have seen it. A pair of GBH have built a nest in a tall pine tree behind my home and appear to be going through mating rituals. What's unusual to me is:

    the timing (they began in mid-May when most herons in south Texas were mating in March);
    the location (GBH typically nest in colonies or a rookery type setting, while this one is a lone nest);
    and the lack of consistent attention to the nest (it's vacant most days for a few hours in late morning to early afternoon).

    Here are a couple of example photos I've taken - can't get close or a look down perspective - nest is at top of a 75 foot pine tree about 250 feet from my deck, so I can only look up at it with a long lens.

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    I have seen the pair mating recently.

    I'm asking this question because I've never seen a lone GBH nest like this before. I've always seen them in places that look like this:

    Taken late April at Bird Island, Lake Conroe, TX from a rocking pontoon boat (thank you active VR mode!)

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    Anyone out there have any feedback?
     
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