Sandhill Cranes with Chicks Out for a Walk

It has been almost three weeks since I last visited the sandhill crane nest featured in my previous post. Yesterday I visited them and found the parents and two new chicks out for a walk. (You may click on the photos for larger sizes. Apart from being larger, they are sharper.) I watched as they…

Marsh grass foreground, tall trees with nests in the background

Heron Chicks Trying Out Their Wings

Chicks at the local heron rookery are looking more and more like adults, but they still lack adult plumage as well as the ability to fly. Just like the chicks, the grass in the approach to the nesting area is growing rapidly. In the last week it has grown another foot and is now over…

Heron landing at nest - blue sky in background

Heron Rookery – First Attempt

I just discovered a heron rookery not too far from Janesville, Wisconsin. I was there by 9:00 a.m. this morning, but the birds were already settling in for the day. There wasn’t too much activity. I’ll go again tomorrow morning if the weather is good and I’ll try to get there earlier than today. The…