“Maggie walked back to the cottage, entered with caution, and climbed into the loft. As she lay in her bed she kept thinking of the heron. How beautiful it was. How magical. Never before had she experienced such a sense of magic, real magic.” – Blue Heron, Avi
One of my favorite childhood books, Avi’s Blue Heron tells Maggie’s fascination with the habits of the blue herons at a summer cabin on the lake. In 2003, I had an opportunity to share some of Maggie’s experiences when I worked at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center. During freetime, I would take a kayak to explore the creek and follow the herons as they silently stalked their prey. It was definitely magic.
Which is why I was so excited when birding on the 15th to see so many herons! Unfortunately, we came across one dead heron (really?! who sees a dead heron?) but we also saw three live ones. We found the first two at Deer Path Park in Readington, NJ and the other two we witnessed at Cushetunk Lake in Whitehouse Station.
While the other half of the party focused on two bizarre looking Canada Geese. I marveled at the majestic manner in which the great blue heron slipped through the water. I saw twice, the heron snatch at fish. Unfortunately my camera was in the car, otherwise I might have tried for decent photos. I did get one with my phone.
|Rockafellows Mill Road:
American Tree Sparrow
American Black Duck
Blue JayDeer Path Park:
Great Blue Heron