Great Blue Herons at a rookery in southeast Wisconsin on March 24, 2023

With birding still slow I stopped at a rookery that I have not been to for a few years to see if the Great Blue Herons had returned. Yes they did with about 10 birds and about 9 active nests. The birds were just standing on nests when I arrived at a distance. I did not see any repair work on the nests being done yet or herons bringing in branches to fix things up for the new season. Who knows when they arrived back, maybe it was just yesterday. I took a few photos and left as I did not want to disturb them as I’m sure they had things to do. They say a winter storm is coming! It was a beautiful sunny day with mild temps around 40, low winds. Images were taken on March 24, 2023.

This Great Blue Heron was coming in to perch…

still coming in…

Great Blue Heron just sitting on the nest….no other action while I was present…

Perched high…

Another Great Blue Heron just sitting on the nest…

Perched above the nest…

Perched pretty…

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

9 Responses to Great Blue Herons at a rookery in southeast Wisconsin on March 24, 2023

  1. Dennis Kuecherer says:

    As usual, great photos.

  2. Laura Mishefske says:

    awesome photos

  3. Pam Skaar says:

    The head plumes in the first 2 shots are amusing to me. Thanks for the fun photos.

  4. Karen Johnson says:

    Fantastic photos! Where is this Rookery located?

  5. jerrold green says:

    The herons come to my .4 acre pond to feed during the summer.

  6. Lynne says:

    Amazing to see! You may already be familiar, but wanted to tell you that for several years we’ve noticed a group of nests in trees over a swampy area (while driving west on 94W near Johnson Creek). Not sure how one would get close to them but a cool fleeting glance!

  7. Sandy Petersen says:

    Would be good to have some photos showing the snow too! Sandy

  8. Anita says:

    I was shown 2 rookeries 5/3. Unfortunately a new storage unit being built right in between them. Hwy 43 tho, who would’ve thought!!! One had about 20 nests, the other maybe 10.

    Thank you for the pictures I was. It able to get with my cellphone!

  9. Jeanne Renick says:

    Such cool pictures. What type of camera and binoculars do you use! Such great shots of all the birds!!

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