This looks like it is becoming a "Heron" blog, but I couldn't resist posting this picture. We came home and accidentally scared this heron out of the stream and onto the top of our 15ft+ tall cottonwood snag. Nice stream viewpoint for a heron.
It seems like something happened this week. Suddenly a bunch of creatures are returning, making me feel like it's going to be spring already.
|Red-tailed Hawk in upper left, nest in lower right|
The Red-Tailed hawk has returned to its nest in the cottonwood tree in the wetland behind our yard. I just missed getting a picture of it in its nest -
Besides the return of the herons to the Kenmore rookery and this hawk to this nest, we've heard
- Red-winged Blackbirds suddenly in full force in the wetland
- A frog/toad? was loudly calling out from our veggie garden
- What I think is a Western Screech Owl in our backyard. It's "hooting" woke me up two different nights in the past week. Here's a link to the .mp3 on The Owl Pages of what I think I heard - http://www.owlpages.com/sounds/Megascops-kennicottii-2.mp3. It definitely wasn't a Great Horned Owl, though we do hear them sometimes...