Not Art Nbr 3: Brought to You by the Number Four
Chih-chih-chih… chih-chih-chih… chih-chih-chih… changes.
It’s not just a David Bowie song.
It is music to my ears, the sounds of Great Blue Heron chicks in the nest: chih-chih-chih… chih-chih-chih… chih-chih-chih…
It was utterly absent at the nesting island during all of 2014. The Great Blue Herons had abandoned the nest last year.
In 2013 and 2012 the pair produced two chicks each year that successfully fledged from the nesting island.
For 2011, there were no chicks, and in 2010, they abandoned the nest and chicks due to human encroachment. (If the Heron Can Read This, You’re Too Close.)
The herons had a brood in 2009, nesting in a tree that came down during a storm between 2009 and 2010, but in 2008, there were no chicks.
I am moved beyond words that the plucky Great Blue Heron pair has reclaimed their nest on the island after the extreme weather of 2015, as if the 109 inches of snow this winter was a figment of our collective Boston-area imagination.
The 2015 brood of four nestlings is the largest at the nesting island in at least eight years.
And even though this photo isn’t art, the Great Blue Heron and her four nestlings are.
Thanks once again to Stewart Moncton for the Wild Bird Wednesday prompt.
Thanks to the kind folks hosting SkyWatch Friday.
A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.
Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™
The Tao of Feathers™
© 2015 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)
Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, Great Blue Heron Chicks
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