Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn
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Birds

About four blocks from our house is Jackson Park, which contains a multi-acre pond, complete with two small wooded islands. Earlier this year, we noticed that the larger island had become a roosting place for herons. There is a sizable rookery of great blue herons due north of Milwaukee in Ozaukee County that was just discovered a couple of years ago, and we think these are juveniles who are moving out on their own. At peak time, we have seen as many as six one evening, although one or two can be seen at almost any time. This morning we saw three, one of which flew over to our side of the pond, and stalked along the edge hunting within thirty feet of us. We were also charmed to note the presence of a tiny sandpiper type bird, the first of its kind we had observed here. The pond has evidently become a stopover spot, since Georgie recently saw a snowy egret and one evening we also saw what was either a bittern or a night heron.
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