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Xcel Energy Heron Cam

 

Established in 2012, our Heron Cam is the newest edition to the bird cams.

We put in a camera with panning capabilities for access to as many of the nests as possible. Herons return to their nesting colonies in the spring. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the most recent updates about the herons.

Note: The BirdCam is unavailable due to inclement weather and will be down until weather conditions improve.

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Great Blue Heron
 

News

Herons have returned to Riverside

 

About

Great Blue Herons choose to nest in locations they can easily defend from predators, near food sources and as far away from human disturbance as possible. It is the male heron that gathers up the nesting materials and then presents them to the female who then weaves a nest reaching 4 feet across and nearly 3.5 feet deep. When the time comes, the female heron will lay between 2 and 6 pale blue eggs.

Stay tuned to see all of the activities of these Great Blue Herons.

Great Blue Heron Facts

  • The Great Blue Heron is around 4 feet tall with a 6 foot wingspan, yet weighs only 5 to 8 pounds
  • Herons eat almost anything within striking distance: fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects, small mammals and other birds
  • Great Blue Herons have more rod photoreceptors in their eyes, improving their night vision
  • In flight, the Great Blue Heron curls its neck into an "S" shape and lets its legs trail straight behind.
  • Great Blue Heron heronries can contain upwards of 500 nests in some locations

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