Lots of the boulders had this strange
When I walked out onto the power line easement, I saw more Eastern Bluebirds and a Tufted Titmouse. They all flew away as I approached, so I have no photos of them. Finally, on the hill top, a bird stopped and posed for me. I think it is an Eastern Phoebe although its cap seems much darker than the others I've seen so far.
I continued along the trails, hoping to find nesting Great Blue Herons on the "Heron Rookery Trail". I ended up going out of the sanctuary, without realizing it, but soon knew that I had made a mistake when I no longer saw the markers on the trees (there were lots throughout the sanctuary) and turned around.
I had just about given up on finding any Great Blue Herons when I came to an overlook of the water. There was a nice little rock that looked like it'd make a good seat, so I thought I'd get off my feet and rest since I had been hiking for quite a while by this time. As I was sitting there enjoying the view, I suddenly realized the Great Blue Heron nests were directly in front of me! I was very happy not to have missed these nests. I hope to come back after the babies are born!
While I was enjoying watching the Great Blue Herons on their nests, I also spotted a Brown Creeper.
There was another trail called "Ovenbird Trail" that I really would have liked to take too, but I was just too tired so I headed back to the car. I saw two Northern Flickers and an Eastern Bluebird pair as I was leaving the sanctuary.
A lovely stop. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to see nesting Great Blue Herons!