On Earth Day: Appreciating some of
Logan County's biggest birds
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[April 22, 2017]
- If you were asked where you would expect to find the purest or
most prehistoric creatures of nature, you might think in deepest
darkest Peru or the jungles of Africa, or somewhere exotic like the
tropical areas of the equator maybe. But how about right here in
Logan County, just a couple miles outside the city limits of
Lincoln, Atlanta, Mount Pulaski, Elkhart, Chestnut, Beason, San
Jose, Middletown and all territories between.
We have some of the coolest, oldest looking birds on earth. The
Great Blue Heron and some of its closest relatives such as cranes
make for quite the spectacle when you see them flying.
To see a heron in graceful flight with its average seven-foot wing
span is a stunning sight. But their nesting habit is quite another
thing, a little frightening looking.
Heron aeries can be found high aloft in the largest of trees, such
as sycamore and poplar, and are located in remote areas. The large
stick nests are built in close proximity to one another. The aeries
sizing about 3.5 foot deep are sometimes rebuilt and freshened up
from one year to another adding a little fresh lining of pine
needles, leaves, moss and other soft materials.
Herons mostly eat fish, frogs, snails and what is found in and
around bodies of water, creeks, ponds and swamps. They make their
homes near food sources.
While they do not really get along with one another and are
generally quite shy to all other creatures, it is surprising that
they nest in such close proximity to one another together.
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The colony in the photos hosts approximately 23 nests, all in one
giant sycamore, with most of the nests occupied and a few small heads can be
seen poking up in a few of the photos. Another larger colony is just a mile
away. Both are in Logan County and reoccupied year after year.
The pictures in the slideshow
"Great Blue Heron aeries in a Logan
County colony, strikingly awesome in wonder and height" were taken a couple of
weeks ago before the trees sprouted leaves.
Take a moment this week to enjoy our great outdoors, observe the unique and
common birds and creatures in our neighborhoods and nearby parks. And, think how
you can help preserve our environment to share with all living creatures.
Learn more about these unique birds