All I can say is OMG!!!

parent and chick vvgood croppedSo I tried all three entrances to get to the rookery at Ned’s Ditch but the Connecticut River is so high that they’re all flooded and inaccessible.  But, my friend Maryjo came to the rescue and told me a secret way to get into the grassland island.
Well, the rookery is just teeming with life.  The Great Blue Herons are slowly coming back to their rookery (they were the first inhabitants).  Remember, they are not monogamous from season to season so they’re still flirting and trying to attract a mate.  The eagles have laid their egg(s) and are patiently waiting for the arrival of their brood.  And if that isn’t enough, a family of great horned owls moved into another of the heron nests and have chicks that are already growing flight feathers and flapping their wings!  Just and incredible rookery!  I could spend all day watching the goings on in the neighborhood:

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This is why they're called Great Horned owl!

This is why they’re called Great Horned owl!

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About John Body

I live in Western Massachusetts, in the incredibly beautiful Connecticut River Valley. I've been hiking, kayaking, and tracking wildlife throughout the Valley with lots of photos and videos that people may like to see. Whenever I travel I also take my cameras just in case I see great scenery or wildlife. My passion is wildlife conservation so I try to attend wildlife workshops and land preservation events (Habitat, Habitat, Habitat!). When I get a chance, I videotape the experts, they're just so knowledgeable and inspiring. I hope you enjoy my posts.
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