The Herons are a magnificent bird. We have the Blue Heron that live on our property. We have a very deep ravine that runs alongside our property, it is bordered on each side by tall, tall, coniferous and deciduous trees, with lots of skunk cabbage on the ravine bottom. The ravine base has a small stream that runs through it, full of crayfish and other small fish.
We have a family(ies) of herons that live down there somewhere. I have never seen their nest, so I don't know where, I have looked. But I see then fly in and out of our ravine many times. It could be possible that they are only coming in to feed down there in the dark murky ravine, but I kind of suspect that they live there. There is too many other more open spots that would be easier to obtain their food from rather than trying to manuever through the dense trees.
Many years ago I took a video tape of these beauties up in one of our trees "out back", that is what I call the back of our property. I was outside working and I heard a really really weird bird sound that I had never heard before. I followed the sound. It was early spring, before the leaves were on the trees. Way up at the tip top of a cottonwood there were two large birds (and I mean large). It looked like the tree top was going to break off. I looked and listened to them for quite some time. They were very noisy. I eventually went in to get my video camera because I was so intrigued. I knew that later I could look at the video and see what they were. So I filmed, I zoomed and that was when I discovered the species. The Great Blue Heron.
I love nature. I am grateful that I have my eyes to see and my ears to listen. If I had one wish that could be granted worldwide -- well one of the many wishes would be to have the people who are deaf and blind have the opportunity to have this lifted from their world, to enjoy the gift of sight and sound that I know I take for granted. Great day all. Cindi