Don’t mess with the Heron Chick!


There have been many calls to csslrorg (the source of this info) and to Tom LaBonge’s office from observers of a chick that seems to have fallen from its nest in the Eucalyptus Grove. Since this is potentially a tragedy for the Great
Blue Heron family of that nest, we consulted a Heron expert to find
out what, if anything, we should do. He has given us advice about the
world of the Heron which we attach below:

Some facts about Great Blue Herons at the Silver Lake Reservoir:

Ô£ø Great Blue Herons are migratory birds and may be absent from the
reservoir for long periods of time.

Ô£ø Great Blue Herons and their nests are protected from human
interference by federal, state and city laws.

Ô£ø Heron nestlings hatch over a period of many days ÀÜ the youngest,
latest-hatching young very often do not survive. Great Blue Herons lay
3-4 eggs, and on average only about two young fledge per nest.

Ô£ø All heron chicks leave the nest to face the world. Whether the
chick has been pushed out of the nest by another chick, fallen from a
branch while trying its wings, or has left the nest from natural
impulses, this is a natural stage of the process of growing up. An
important part of this process is learning to survive on its own and
avoid natural predators. Human interference will only complicate this
process unless the bird is injured and needs rehabilitation.

Los Angeles Audubon Society
Protecting LA wildlife and habitat since 1911

One thought on “Don’t mess with the Heron Chick!”

  1. Also, blue herons’ diets consist, in part, of koi from local ponds (mine, for instance). They must be doing very well as they’re very active this year (after two years of no losses)–they ate 2 big guys and @ 10 smaller ones last week. They wheel slowly up the canyon, looking like petrodactyls, scoping out lunch, and we’re near AFI, far from the river.

    And, according to online sites, they are really really smart, too, as there is no one method for deterring them–though people have gotten really imaginative. One guy suggests a motion-detector light hooked up to a talk-radio station tuned up loud. We have installed double-netting, and so far, so good.

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