Updated Thursday, August 4
Yesterday (Tuesday, August 2, 2011), Greg Bartholomew left the following comment on My Green Lake’s facebook wall:
Has anyone else noticed the lone heron who has been standing on the turtle logs in the SW corner of Greenlake the past couple of weeks? I am wondering if it is the mate to the heron you recently reported about that died. If this lone heron is looking/waiting for its dead mate, it makes me sad.
“I just spotted the lonely Heron, by itself since it mate died last month,” Mitch Spute tweeted this morning. “She looks sad & thin. Didn’t even care that I got close.”
Has anyone else spotted this bird, and do any birders have any thoughts to share about Great Blue Herons who lose their mates? Please leave your comments below.
Update, Thursday August 4 –
Mary DeMange wrote the following on My Green Lake’s facebook wall:
This is from Sarvey Wildlife Care Center: “Although herons do mate for seasons, and sometimes for life, they are solitary hunters. While this heron may be grieving a mate, it may also just be hunting. This year’s babies are fledged, but still must be fed. At this point, it’s best just to give the bird space and time.”