[midvalleybirds] SALEM AREA GREAT BLUE HERON ROOKERIES
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Fri Jan 18 14:54:21 PST 2019
On a recent trip to Wilsonville, I spotted what I believe is an active, but
seasonally unoccupied GBH rookery along I-5 north of Salem. I returned
yesterday and photographed it.
This morning I visited another site, this one in West Salem. I believe
this is where the herons nesting adjacent to Salem Riverfront Park moved
some years ago. I also photographed the abandoned Riverfront Park rookery
to add context.
This is a six-photo array concerning 2 active sites and the one that was
abandoned. Because I was parking along very busy highways, I have repeated
warnings about safety with the photos.
The photos are high resolution and in order for viewing.
There was also a bit of a surprise for me. In the photo of the abandoned
rookery seen from Salem Riverfront Park, there was an anomaly. I was
without binoculars so I wasn't sure if it was a bird, two crossing limbs,
I have it marked on a wide view followed by an enlarged photo. Maybe this
is a reason the rookery relocated to West Salem. I always thought it was
park foot traffic that caused the relocation.
"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by
his fathers, but borrowed from his children." - John James Audubon
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