A Final Look at the Santa Rosa Rookery

It’s probably not unusual, but knowing absolutely nothing about a heron rookery, I was surprised at how many different ages of chicks we saw, everything from this relatively old Great Egret chick

to these two chicks that were so young that I couldn’t tell whether they were Snowy or Great Egrets.

These three chicks seemed somewhere between the above.

Even more surprising, though, was that both Night Herons

and egrets were still bringing in sticks, suggesting that the egg-laying season was going to extend further into summer. Two visits aren’t nearly long enough to understand the birds nesting behavior, but, hopefully, I will learn more when I visit again next year.