Roving Reporter | "Up, Up and Away! - A GBH is Rescued and Released!" | Video + Photos, Article by Jeanette Larson

A great blue heron was rescued as a fledgling when it fell out of its nest in Rockport. A resident along Shell Ridge Road found the bird and called Wings Rescue Center on May 12. Because of the height of the trees these birds nest in or the number of nests on platforms, it is not possible to place these birds back in their nests. Dustin Wright, a Wings Rescue Center volunteer picked up the bird, tended to her overnight and then transported her to Texas Sealife Center in Corpus Christi for care.

After six weeks of feeding and rehabilitation, Dustin was able to lead a group that released the heron back in Rockport. On Saturday, July 2 the bird was given her freedom. Although she was a little reluctant to leave the crate, she finally flew out and circled around Copano Bay before settling in the water. Since April, Wings Rescue Center has taken in over 100 birds from the Rockport/Fulton area.

Great blue herons are the largest of the North American herons. In the wild they can live up to 15 years. They are expert fishers and will wait patiently for fish to come within range of their needle sharp bills. The prey is swallowed whole. - Jeanette Larson

(Video Courtesy of Melissa Bohannon)

Photo credit: Doug Adams

Jeanette is a retired librarian and author. She and her husband, retired architect and artist Jim Larson, moved to Rockport several years ago for the birds, the beach, and the coastal community.

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