Thoughts and updates from Alice.
Do Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons nest together?
Do Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons nest together? Yes in northern Casco Bay. Paddling out to see some of my favorite islands with a group of three sea kayakers, we found a rookery for both. There were over 12 Snowy Egrets in one tree, another 14 on the shore and at least nine Great Blue Herons in trees and on the shore. More of these birds were easily visible on the shores of nearby islands. Young Common terns were feeding and creating a ruckus that the other birds ignored.
Laughing and Herring gulls were happily feeding and resting on rocks while the young Common Eider ducks were swimming in small groups. They aren't so small at this time of year and they almost look like their momma's as they aren't showing colors yet. Young Herring Gulls will keep their brown mottled colors until next year.