These beautiful great blue herons elected to build their nests high atop some trees, situated between a Starbucks, and a big-box hardware store. The two retail giants are separated by a thin strip of marshy waters, which is the preferred environment for blue herons, presumably to reduce the risk of predation by mammals.
How ironic that these incredible birds chose the location for their housing development right in the middle of an “active adult community”, filled with empty nesters.
Great blue herons are stand-and-wait-predators that remain motionless for long periods of time, waiting for their breakfast to appear. Sounds pretty much like the lines at Starbucks. Perhaps the blue herons feel an affinity with us.