herons and ospreys and owls, oh my!

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The Ballston Creek Preserve has become known for its thriving Great Blue Heron rookery. But did you know that other feathered-friends can be found nesting at this preserve?

Tis the season for the return of the ‘big birds.’ Right now the rookery at the Ballston Creek Preserve has Heron, Osprey, and Great Horned Owls nesting! heronTo see this amazing gathering of birds, simply make your way to the preserve (directions can be found on the preserve’s page) and follow the white trail all the way out to the wetland IMG_3144overlook. There’s even a nice seat to take a rest on as you enjoy this amazing wildlife!owl3

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Photos curtsey of : Mary Alice Nyhan

7 Comments

  1. Margaret Kinosian

    Oh! We were just there and made a point of looking for the owls but didn’t see them! We’ll have to go back! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wendy Kuehner

    We hiked here for the first time on Saturday (4-18-15) and were thrilled to see nesting herons, osprey and the great horned owl! We actually didn’t realize we had seen the owl until I got home and went to zoom in on photos that I had taken. We have to go back with the binoculars now that we know where to look! The male osprey also brought a large fish to the nest while we were watching. There were hundreds of swallows zipping between the rookery trees. There were also lovely bloodroot, spring beauty and hepatica flowers blooming, and it looks like there will be a lot of trout lillies in the coming weeks. A little gem of a park so close to home!

  3. Wendy Kuehner

    We hiked here for the first time on Saturday (4-18-15) and were thrilled to see nesting herons, osprey and the great horned owl! We actually didn’t realize we had seen the owl until I got home and went to zoom in on photos that I had taken. We have to go back with the binoculars now that we know where to look! The male osprey also brought a large fish to the nest while we were watching. There were hundreds of swallows zipping between the rookery trees. There were also lovely bloodroot, spring beauty and hepatica flowers blooming, and it looks like there will be a lot of trout lilies in the coming weeks. A little gem of a park so close to home!

  4. Michael McDonald

    We saw a Great Horned Owl, a Pileated Woodpecker, a Red-Bellied Woodpecker, an Eastern Bluebird, and several Great Blue Herons this weekend (Sunday March 20th). No Ospery, but we will be back to check for them soon. It is worth the trip.

  5. Christina Harrington-Stutzmann

    We visited the trails at 11:00am and their were only blue herons seen. Has anyone had the pleasure of any recent sighting of the owls in this area?

  6. Christina Harrington-Stutzmann

    While visiting the site we only saw a few blue herons. Has anyone had the pleasure of sighting any owls in this area?

  7. RJ

    Was there earlier today, before noon. Didn’t see any baby owls in the nest. Not sure if they’ve already moved on or not. Saw several herons in their nests.

  8. Robert Wright

    It is now june 2020 and after hiking into the nesting sights I found no nesting birds other than a few Red-wing black birds nesting in the reeds. Could it be the construction In the adjoining industrial park caused them to move on?

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