Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. First Heron are sitting on eggs!

I stopped by the rookery at noon today and again this evening about 7:15. In that brief time, Mr. and Mrs. First went from footloose and fancy free to the enormous responsibility of incubating eggs. 

Mr. and Mrs. First Heron at noon 
enjoying the view and the breeze!

...then again at 7:15, the eggs have been laid 
and the nesting has begun!

The perfect end to St. Patty's Day!

If you're just tuning in to this blog, you might want to go to the first entry in this series to find out more about these herons.

13 comments:

Roy said...

Cool! Not too long, then, before the little fuzzballs begin to appear.

Snowbabies said...

Great news, looking forward to seeing the story unfold :-)

Paul.

Kallen305 said...

Wooo Hooo!! I can't wait to follow along and see their babys!

Phil and Mandy said...

Hi Kelly, You will have to keep us posted on the family expansion of Mr and Mrs Heron. Phil

Jayne said...

I still say that these photos are the coolest ever... good job Kelly!

Laure Ferlita said...

How long on the incubation? Are we there yet?! LOL!

Can't wait to see this unfold - thanks for sharing!

Chris said...

Magnificent.. it is too coll to be able to follow them through their life!!! huge responsibility to raise their chicks! I'm eager to see the first pictures of the chicks.

Deb said...

Wonderful photos! This is my first visit to your blog. I'll stop by again to see how Mr and Mrs Heron are doing :-)

Warren Baker said...

Good luck to 'em, they will need it to beat all the elements!!

Steve said...

Keep us posted on the new family Kelly. Great photos.

Kelly said...

Thanks, everyone. I keep hoping the babies hatch before the leaves blossom out. They are in Sycamore trees which leaf out much later than the other trees, so we might be in luck.

Laure...they incubate the eggs for about a month. So I will be there a lot when the countdown is over! Thanks for dropping by Deb. I'll drop over to your blog to check it out!

Mary said...

This is great! I love the one of her sitting and him guarding :-) I don't think I have ever seen a heron sit before.

Kelly said...

Hi Mary...I love that photo also. When eggs are there, they are sitting. They trade off also, so the male gets to incubate the eggs too!