Visitors to the usually peaceful Redwood Grove, located off University Avenue in Los Altos, might have been aware of increased activity in recent months. It turns out that the source of the strange – and loud – chattering and squawking, high in the canopy, was a colony of nesting great blue herons.
Los Altos resident Ron Marks captured the evolution of the event – everything from a male selecting suitable nest-building sticks to present to his mate to feeding and first flights – and posted it on YouTube.
Marks’ YouTube channel also includes videos of many other local species of the Adobe Creek watershed, including jackrabbits, wild turkeys and deer.
To view Marks’ videos, visit his YouTube channel at tinyurl.com/RMarksWildlife.