Sunday, April 20, 2008
Heronry, Mason Neck State Park
As part of the Eagle Festival at Mason Neck State Park, they took by van into a closed part of the park to see the heronry. There are more than 30 or 40 nests, some of which are shown in these pictures. In the first picture, the heronry is visible as specks in the top of the treeline in the center of the picture. The next two pics zoom in on the herons.
It's amazing to see the nests in the very top of the trees. The Fish and Wildlife Service ranger said they get hit pretty hard in bad weather. Next fall/winter, the FWS people will go out into the marsh to count the nests.