Testing Those Legs

Nestling testing its legs
Mama’s not looking as her hatchling is peering over the edge of the nest. It appears these babies are about two weeks old. Photo was taken at the W. 9th Street rookery in Santa Rosa, California.

Feeding Time

Great egret feeding a nestling
The father returned to the nest and began feeding one of the nestlings. Photographed at the W. 9th Street rookery, Santa Rosa, California.

Nestlings

Great Egret and two nestlings
A great egret and her two nestlings. Taken at the W. 9th St. rookery, Santa Rosa, California.

Bathing

Two Canadian geese bathing in a pond.
Two Canada Geese bath in one of the ponds in the Ellis Creek area. Petaluma, California.

Touch Down

Canadian goose landing on water
A Canadian goose coming in for a landing at Ellis Creek, Petaluma, California.

Conflict, Welcome or I want your attention?

two birds
By watching cow egrets and other bird behaviors, it appears that these two may be paired and one is greeting the other after returning. Although, it does appear that one is ignoring the other.

Long Neck

Night heron extending its neck.
We normally don’t see night herons extending their necks. This one makes me realize that this species of herons do have long necks. Taken at the W. 9th St. rookery, Santa Rosa, California. To know more about the habits of this bird go to the Audubon website, https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-crowned-night-heron

Returning to the Nest

bird flying with stick back to its nest
W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, California

Bird Behavior

bird aggression
This snowy egret has chased the other bird away and is now showing an aggressive stance.

A Pair of Great Egrets Greeting Each Other

birds
W. 9th St. rookery in Santa Rosa, California
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