Sunday, June 24, 2007

Green Heron Update

Remember the baby green herons? The ones all covered with baby fuzz Carol found in the bush?

You know. . .these guys:


(Refer back to my post of June 6 if you don't remember.)

We read that within 35 days of hatching, these birds are big enough to fly off on their own. Hard to believe!

Well, just three weeks after that picture above was taken, here's what they look like now.


No Kidding! If you zoom in real close you can still see the baby fuzz on top of his head!



We won't be going back to the golf course for two weeks, so by the next time we're there we probably won't see any more green herons. At least not from this brood, unless they decide to stick around for the summer.

And they might, because the hunting is pretty good in all the water hazards around the course.

We'll let you know.

6 comments:

schnoodlepooh said...

That is the same bird? Amazing! They have to grow up fast, I think, so that they can have a better chance of survival. How cool to get to watch them grow up right before your eyes.

Duke_of_Earle said...

Schnood,

I don't know if that's the exact same bird or not, as there were 5 babies in the nest. But they all looked pretty much the same then, and now there are 5 "full grown" green herons (with baby fuzz) hanging around the same nest, so I figure this one has to be one of those babies from just 3 weeks ago. Yeah, pretty amazing indeed!

kenju said...

It is probably a good thing that human babies don't grow that fast!!

Candace said...

Awwww...
I heart baby fuzz.

Duke_of_Earle said...

Candace,

Me too. Hard not to, eh?

John

southernbelle said...

I heart the baby fuzz too. I have a baby Wagtail with fuzz on his body flying in to eat some cheese everyday. The other one who took up residence inside my house has now flown off to greener pastures. Stoopid bird - he does not know he had it easy sitting on my persian carpet during the day!