Winning Strategies in Real Estate: Our beloved Great Blue Herons have returned home.

Our beloved Great Blue Herons have returned home.

Spring is just around the corner and just like this time every year our beloved Great Blue Herons have returned home to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Watching and photographing the Herons is a popular attraction in this area and there is a Great Heron viewing spot located on Bath Road between Akron Peninsula Road and Riverview Road.  This herony has seen up to 176 nests in a single season.

Each year the Herons return to this spot and a few others nearby.  In February, the males come and claim their nest.  In the next couple of weeks the females will arrive, find their partner, court and mate.  Baby Herons will hatch sometime in late April or early May.



Their nesting colonies need to be near wetlands or along the river so they can be close to their food source of fish and amphibians.  They like to build their nests between 30 and 70 feet high.


The Great Blue Heron is the largest Heron found in North America standing 4 feet tall, weighing about 4 lbs. and having a wingspan of nearly 7 feet!



The best time to check out Great Blue Heron activity is from early March through early April while they are building their nests.  The male gathers sticks and gives them to the female who weaves them into the nest. From May to June you can see the adults bringing food back to the nest for their baby herons and in July the young herons will fledge or leave the nest.


If you want to share in the wonder of the Great Blue Heron you can attend the annual Blue Heron Day-Pancakes in the Park on Saturday March 5th from 8:30 am until noon at the Old Trail School in Bath, Ohio.


Tony Morganti, CRS, ABR


Comment balloon 5 commentsTony Morganti • February 28 2011 07:05AM


Tony such beautiful creature; rare in my area but I did get a shot of one a couple years ago.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 8 years ago

Hi Tony, that is great news...Better weather is approaching us...

Have a nice day!

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) about 8 years ago

Tony, Interesting facts and pretty bird. I can't imagine birds that large and that heavy perching in trees.

Posted by Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS, RE/MAX Elite Properties (RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston) about 8 years ago

That must be an impressive sight. I wonder if in the heron world the nests are 'valued' similar to our high-rise units!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 8 years ago

I notice this post each time I am looking at Localism which seems to have gone out of business at the end of February, so this is right up front.  In February or March I  was at a lunch in downtown Columbus, or overlooking downtown Columbus, and our table right at the window overlooking Columbus was looking out over the confluence of the rivers and bird watching. The river was still frozen or parts of it were.  Someone said the birds were Great Blue Herons.  There were marks in the snow that someone pointed out and told us a rabbit had been seized by a big bird (hawk?) there. I am turning into a bird  watcher... I remember out at Buckeye Lake seeing Great Blue Herons. Huge birds. I never knew about the nest building though.  Or the high nests.

I remember Bath Ohio!

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 8 years ago