BTW, I try to take daily pics of the yard with my older Kodak hoping to someday make a video of the changing seasons I see. Sadly even with camera in hand, I could not zoom and focus fast enough to shoot the cranes. Geez! If I had not chosen THAT moment for the daily pic, I would have totally missed them!
Today I received a post from Hiking Michigan that said some Great Blue Herons are back at the Holland Ponds rookery:
Here is a pic I took previously (2009) - much later in the season. What a "trip" to see huge wading birds nesting in tree tops! This pic has a bunch of hungry kids looking for "take out" food from parents!
|Great Blue Herons nesting at Holland Ponds|
Note, the path continuing beyond the main rookery gets quite muddy, so it is better to walk down the "main road" to Waterfowl Pond, go left and backtrack on the middle road, and take the "first right" into the forest; then in the forest, take another right. There used to be another sign to the rookeries there but vandals trashed it ...
A report of the 2012 GBH nesting is at:
A previous video (2010) of the herons is at:
Indeed think Spring! Not only RWBB, but also the big birds!