Great Blue Heron Rookery

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) –  Spring is here and love is in the air – at least for the birds, anyway.

Look closely in any habitat, from your own backyard to the deep forest, and you will notice frantic nesting activity everywhere.

From wrens to eagles, birds are busy producing the young of the year. Some nests are small and well-hidden, but some are quite large and hard to miss.

Great blue herons are big birds and they have big nests.

While most birds build new nests every year, herons make good use of existing nests, even if they aren’t their own.

Rookeries are usually located in areas that are hard to get to on foot and close to feeding spots. This one on Swatara Creek is a perfect example.

Herons have very few predators, turkey vultures, crows, raccoons, but are more vulnerable to human activity than anything else. So enjoy the view from a distance.

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