Great blue heron nest webcam

Heron courtship begins in Sapsucker Woods

Courtship begins between the Great Blue Herons in Sapsucker Woods

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Bird Cams News Flash: The Herons Are Back!

We’re excited to share the news with you that the Great Blue Herons of Sapsucker Woods have returned! The male from past years (known by the missing rear toe on his right foot) was first spotted on April 4, and just yesterday (April 8) a female joined him on the nest. For more than two hours, the herons perched near one another, taking time to preen, joust with their bills, and tug at the sticks in the nest, as the spring peepers chorused and the light grew dim.

In past years, these days of courtship have rapidly led to the beginning of egg-laying and incubation, and this nest has a four-year history of successfully fledging young. Don’t miss the incredible courtship of these beautiful birds, viewed live from 40 feet above Sapsucker Woods Pond at

We’ll continue to post updates on the Bird Cams Facebook page ( and on twitter at @birdcams. Thanks for joining us as we share the beauty and excitement of another breeding season unfolding in Sapsucker Woods!


Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader

Victoria Campbell
Bird Cams Communication Specialist

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