a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

herons

With the A - Z challenge (pictures from where we walk our corgi down in the South San Diego area)

H - Herons


Blue Herons to be exact.  These are special birds for hubby and me, more so to hubby, as hawks are special to me.  I wrote about each of them previously, but God sent me a hawk after my mom died and God sent hubby a heron after his dad died, both in unique ways.  Both times reminded us of God's great love and concern for us and showing he was with us walking through our grief of losing our parents.

I love watching the heron balancing on the tree branches.  They look too big to be up in a tree like that, yet they do it with grace and balance and skill.  I love hearing the chicks clucking when they are hungry in the spring (it was that sound that drew us to look up in the trees and see them our first year we lived here). 

They tend to nest in the spring.  Rarely will hubby see one in the summer or fall, but come December, they slowly start to trickle back to these trees where you can look up and see their huge nests.  This particular tree he has seen up to seven, another tree close by eight. 

It is fun to hear his report after he walks Koda of how many birds spotted and where he sees them.

Do you have blue heron where you live?

40 comments:

JosephAlsarraf said...

Yes, I think I have seen a blue heron once, but maybe it was a kestrel.

I am also amazed at the peacocks that climb on top of the tall trees in my neighborhood. Great post, nice picture! : )

TARYTERRE said...

Blue Herons are special to me too. There are several places I go to see them around here. They are majestic and beautiful.

Manzanita said...

I don't think they are around our area but I'm not sure. Aren't they usually living close to water?

Jen Forbes said...

You don't see them in the summer or fall because they're in my pond eating my fish lol!
only kidding, but really we have them here too, love the way they circle in before they dive in for lunch of fresh fish!

Carol Noren Johnson said...

Yes we do have them as well as storks and egrets here in Florida. Some seem to be pets of my neighbor who feeds them. When they get in our fenced back yard, our dog will chase them away.

Andrea said...

I have seen herons, but never up in trees like that. How cool!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

There are blue herons in Ohio too. I've seen them by streams and rivers feeding, but never up in a tree. That must be a sight to see.

Teresa Powell Coltrin said...

I've never seen a heron here in MO. We have cranes pass through and land at our ponds. They look beautiful!

Intense Guy said...

In the area of the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays there are dozens of kinds of Herons. We have Great Blue Herons in abundance here - in fact, I've seen one "fishing" in my neighbor's Koi pond a few times!!

I've also seen a hawk doing the same thing. Perhaps your bird signs from God enjoy gold Fish... :)

Stephanie Faris said...

Awww. It is amazing how you see just the right bird at just the right moment and know that bird was sent to help you when you're struggling.

Jeanie said...

I just read a post from a blogger who lives not too far from here talking about seeing herons but I have never seen them here.
I have to wonder how Koda reacts to them.

Bijoux said...

Yes, we see blue herons frequently at the national park in our (almost) backyard. They are interesting creatures. One time, I saw one on top of our roof.

Trisha F said...

My favourite kind of bird is probably the cockatoo or galah - we have some very noisy ones around where I live. ;)

But I love hearing baby magpies squawking for food as well. They sound so cute (and extremely loud. hehe)

Joanne Noragon said...

Herons are gangly and graceful simultaneously. Wonderful birds.

Linda said...

Just white egrets here I think. Interesting the different ways we're reminded of God's love.

Cindi said...

yep, along with egrets, sandhill cranes, ibis....etc luv the variety awww bliss... thx for sharing ♥

lyndagrace said...

I’m not sure if I’ve seen Blue Herons around our area. But I know for sure I’ve never seen such large birds in a tree like that before. I’d love to see a sight like that.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I don't think we have any herons arond here. Aren't they fairly coastal? We seem to scare the birds away on our walks because Duke wants to chase them.

jack69 said...

We see them in Florida in the winter, but in our area of North Carolina they would shock some folk. HA!
I do love the big birds...

Good one...

Jerralea said...

I didn't know heron would nest in trees! It looks so odd to see them there.

I'm kind of wishing I could come with you and walk Koda!

Pat Hatt said...

They are good at balancing indeed it seems, not sure we have any up this way though.

Tracy said...

I've never seen a bird that big in a tree before. Interesting.

Chatty Crone said...

Well you know what I have seen them before - but never in a tree - but why not? Love it. sandie

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is beautiful about the signs from God for your mom and his for his dad. I think it is strange to see them up in the trees! We don't have any here but I see white ones by my dad's in Florida.
Debby

Vicki said...

I don't think we have Blue Heron, but we do have White Heron.

My mom had cancer and spent her last few months in bed, looking out a window watching different birds eating from the bird feeders she put in her backyard. After she died I'd find bird feathers in the strangest place. Grocery store isle, at work, etc. I know it was a sign from God that she was ok.

SweetMarie said...

We do have herons, but I don't often see them in trees. This photo is so great! I would love to see a bunch in one tree. :)

Grammy Staffy said...

How delightful. We don't have herons that I know of here in the inland empire. Thanks for sharing.

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

I see herons by the river sometimes and often by the canal on one of the walking trails in town but I have never seen them up in a tree. That is really interesting to see them up there.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

J Hanna said...

I have seen the blue herons up here a few times. I am in awe of the birds in the photograph balancing on the pine tree branches.

Kat said...

We do have blue herons every once in a while but I've never seen them in a tree like that. They mostly are in farmers' fields. They are beautiful birds, aren't they?

Mevely317 said...

When I lived in Florida we'd see herons and egrets alike: they could act so graceful and ungainly at the same time! My 'ex' used to buy these huge hot-dogs to feed them; then one day, one strutted right in the house!

Mevely317 said...

I meant to comment on their presence, right after the loss of your mom and hubby's dad.... never heard of that, but I sure believe and found that comforting.

Last month, while visiting my son and family in Alabama, their white German Shepherd passed suddenly. It was pretty devastating, and many tears shed as Troy lay Princess in the grave he'd just in their back yard. We'd just finished filling the hole when out of NO-WHERE came this pure-white butterfly, flitting around us for a good 5 minutes. Gave me chills - in a good way. Yes, I believe.

Kate OMara said...

Yes there are Herons in Anaheim CA along the Santa Ana river. I love watching them fish.

Yolanda Renee said...

No herons here but they are interesting looking birds. They look large and are sitting on such thin branches.

Patricia said...

Love the picture. They do look a bit odd in the tree. No herons here but lots of hawks.

Paula Kaye said...

No I have never seen a blue heron here where I live. That picture blows my mind. I never even knew they went up into the trees.

Linda :) said...

I always see the tall white ones along the freeways... are those herons... :)

Secret Agent Woman said...

Hawks are my bird, too, but I do love seeing the Great Blue herons - they look so ancient to me.

Mary said...

We get a heron every now & then at the duck pond, but I don't know what kind it is.
I'm loving your A-Z...so pretty!

The Brown Recluse said...

We have lots of herons. Have you ever seen the great size of their nests? I believe you could be twin newborns in one and have room left over!