Must be a Monday: Be Yourself Blue Heron Edition

Great Blue Heron Leaving its Roost, photo by Rodney Campbell Hope you have a wonderful week, even if you look a little goofy at times. ;) The Michigan Natural Features Inventory entry for Great Blue Heron Rookeries explains: The great blue herons in Michigan are largely migratory, with almost all leaving the state during the … Continue reading Must be a Monday: Be Yourself Blue Heron Edition

Best Friends in Nature: Heron & Beaver Edition

Heron & Beaver, photo by Corinne Schwarz Here’s a cool photo from May of 20111 that I never featured for some reason. That reason might have been so I could link to this article from the Birdwatchers General Store in Cape Cod about the symbiotic relationship between beavers & blue herons. It says in part: It is … Continue reading Best Friends in Nature: Heron & Beaver Edition

Gone fishin’ with a Green Heron

GREEN HERON, photo by John Heintz, Jr. The entry for Green Heron (Butorides virescens) at All About Birds says (in part): From a distance, the Green Heron is a dark, stocky bird hunched on slender yellow legs at the water’s edge, often hidden behind a tangle of leaves. Seen up close, it is a striking bird … Continue reading Gone fishin’ with a Green Heron

Nest Building Heron

Nest Building Heron, photo by Dawn Williams Last year I cited the Michigan Natural Features Inventory entry for Great Blue Heron Rookeries. It remains the definitive source, so I guess a rewind is in order: The great blue herons in Michigan are largely migratory, with almost all leaving the state during the winter months. Most leave by … Continue reading Nest Building Heron

Great Blue Heron Rookeries

Great Blue Herons adding sticks to their nest, photo by ellenm1 The Michigan Natural Features Inventory entry for Great Blue Heron Rookeries explains: The great blue herons in Michigan are largely migratory, with almost all leaving the state during the winter months. Most leave by end of October and return in early to mid-March. The … Continue reading Great Blue Heron Rookeries

Know Your Michigan Birds: Great Blue Heron

  backyard-heron-triptych, photo by numstead. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) on Animal Diversity Web at UM – where you can get complete information, pictures & sounds – says that these birds are the largest and most common herons in North America. The Michigan DNR’s Blue Heron page explains that: This is the familiar, large grayish-blue … Continue reading Know Your Michigan Birds: Great Blue Heron

Roseate Spoonbill in Michigan

Roseate Spoonbill in Michigan by Bill VanderMolen The Detroit Free Press reports that bird-watchers are flocking to Saline in hopes of seeing this rare roseate spoonbill: This is the first record of a roseate spoonbill in Michigan, said Molly Keenan, communications and marketing coordinator at Michigan Audubon in an email to the Free Press. Michigan … Continue reading Roseate Spoonbill in Michigan