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The Creek Chronicles - Hobo Heron

Posted by SusanStokes on December 15, 2020

My visit to the local creek has become an almost daily experience not only for exercise by walking there and back, but also for a peek at the wildlife inhabitants there. I now know where to look for the Great Blue Heron, and I continue to learn more about this fabulous creature.

I've often wondered why I only see one lone Great Blue Heron. Upon further research, it seems they are exactly that - loners. Although they nest amongst hundreds of others, once they leave the nest, they take up solitary lives in a territory where they can live peacefully while fulfilling their dietary needs. They will mate once again to build a nest, lay eggs and raise young, but venture out on their own until it's time to mate again. Unlike some birds species, they do not mate for life, but will choose a new mate on a yearly basis.

There is so much more to say about their habits and life cycle, but for now I'll leave you with another video of this heron, affectionately called my "Hobo Heron."  Be patient and watch long enough to see him/her dive for dinner!

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