Getting the Avian Nursery in Order in the Bitterroot
Great Blue Heron in flight. (Mike Daniels, Townsquare Media)
The sight of a Great Blue Heron is common in the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge this month. The herons have found some suitable trees for a rookery, which has a large number of nesting pairs each year.
Of course, the herons aren't the only large birds in the "family way." The Canada Geese have been setting up nests, often competing with Osprey for the same space. The Osprey seem to have larger construction aspirations, as shown in the photo below.
And, yes, the bird did struggle a bit in the air, but made it to all the way to the nest. For a good report on what's happening throughout the valley, tune in to Bob Danley's "Bitterroot Outdoor Journal" on Thursdays about 7:45 a.m. at KLYQ 1240 AM and on klyq.com. Alexa also has a "KLYQ Skill" that will let you listen on that smart speaker.