Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Help a young reader?

Letters in the mail
No time for reader questions
Can you help her please?

In calligraphy, Katie wrote:
has a blue heron ever been known to nest on the ground? Because I think I found one near a lake. Thank you. Sincerely, Katie R.

3 Comments:

Blogger John said...

According to the Birder's Handbook (by Ehrlich et al.): "Also occ in shrub, rarely on ground, rock ledge, coastal cliff." So it is possible. I have never seen this myself, though.

September 06, 2006 11:22 AM  
Blogger birdchick said...

According to Birds of North America Online:

Where trees not available, nests on ground (usually only on predator-free islands; Taverner 1926, Gill and Mewaldt 1979)

When I've been out to rookeries, I have seen the nests very low to the ground if trees are not available.

September 08, 2006 6:01 AM  
Blogger Bird Gal said...

According to the Cornell Laboratory's "All About Birds",

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Great_Blue_Heron_dtl.html

"Nests in colonies, sometimes as lone pair. Nest a large platform of sticks, lined with pine needles, moss, reeds, dry grass, or twigs. Placed high in trees, occasionally on ground"

September 09, 2006 3:21 PM  

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