Griggs Reservoir, a Haven for Herons

Since Griggs Reservoir is close to home we often use it for our “workout” paddles during the week when things are quiet. On those paddles we hope to see a few things worth a closer look or maybe even a picture. On a typical ten mile paddle we’ll have fifteen to twenty Great Blue Heron sightings. On some days one or two Black Crowned Night Herons will be seen and on most days two or three Green Herons. The Green Herons are one of our favorites because, as well as being less common, their behavior is often curious or even comical.

On a recent paddle a young Green Heron decided to pose for a few pictures while either hunting for food or preening. It was quite a show. Of course before we encountered the heron there were other things to see.


Near our launch on Griggs Reservoir


No shortage of Cedar Waxwings and Kingbirds near our launch in Griggs Park.


A tree full of Cedar Waxwings, Griggs Park

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Cedar Waxwing, Griggs Park, (Donna)

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Kingbird, Griggs Park, (Donna)


Across the reservoir as we head north a Kingfisher tries to hide.


Kingfisher, Griggs Reservoir


One of many Great Blue Herons seen.


A heron for every dock (almost)! (Donna)


A little further north we even see a Great Egret. They never let us get very close.


Great Egret high in a tree, Griggs Reservoir

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Great Egret, a graceful acrobat, (Donna)


Still further north heading into the “wetlands” area.


Paddling the north end of Griggs Reservoir


Griggs Reservoir “Wetlands” landscape.


Landing, “wetlands” area, Griggs Reservoir.


But it was an immature Green Heron won the day.

Whether it was hunting:


Green Heron, study 1, hunting.


Green Heron, study 2, hunting.


Green Heron, study 3, hunting


Green Heron, study 4, hunting.


.   .   .   or preening:


During lunch a Green Heron lands near by.

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Green Heron, study 1, preening, (Donna)

Green Heron 13

Green Heron, study 2, preening, (Donna)

Green Heron 12

Green Heron, study 3, preening, (Donna)

Green Heron 9-2

Green Heron, study 4, preening, (Donna)

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Green Heron, study 5, preening, (Donna)


When the heron was through entertaining us there was plenty of other things to see.

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Water Willow

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Wasp on Boneset

Asiatic Dayflower IMG_3691

Asiatic Dayflower (invasive)

Wingstem IMG_3617

Wingstem with beetle and Bumblebee

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Virginia White Moth, (Donna)

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Mushroom emerging, (Donna)

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False Dragonhead


Bee on False Dagonhead


Silver Spotted Skipper on False Dragonhead

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Ironweed with bee, a closer look.


A day to remember as a fresh wind out of the north made for a easy paddle home.


North end of Griggs Reservoir.


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