Many Great Blue Herons have been through the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Hutchins, Texas. The birds come into the center injured or orphaned, and the staff diligently nurses them back to health. When fully recuperated, the rehabbed herons are released back into the wild. They are set free to once again make their way in the wild as best they can.

Some of these released birds have decided that the grounds of the RWRC are as good as anyplace to make a home. A small group of them has established a rookery on the property. These newly resident birds get the added benefit of a free daily feeding, and when the dinner bell rings the Great Blue Herons come running!

A Great Blue Heron in its nest on the ground of the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
A Great Blue Heron in its nest on the ground of the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Its feeding time for the herons at the RWRC
Its feeding time for the herons at the RWRC
Great Blue Heron - Dinnertime
Things can get quite raucous when the birds are jockeying for position.
Things can get quite raucous when the birds are jockeying for position.
Great Blue Heron - Dinnertime
Great Blue Heron - Dinnertime
Great Blue Heron - Dinnertime
Great Blue Heron - Dinnertime
Great Blue Heron - Dinnertime
Great Blue Heron - Dinnertime
Great Blue Heron - Dinnertime
These Great Blue Heron nests were salvaged from a dead tree that had to be cut down for safety reasons.
These Great Blue Heron nests were salvaged from a dead tree that had to be cut down for safety reasons.
These pictures provide an excellent opportunity to have a closer look at the way heron nests are constructed.
These pictures provide an excellent opportunity to have a closer look at the way heron nests are constructed.

Observation Details

CountyDallas
CityHutchins
DateJan 20, 2013
Time of DayNoon
TemperatureCool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
WeatherClear
HabitatRecreation-Park
Type of BehaviorFeeding
GenderMixed
MaturityAdult
ObserverChris Jackson