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Sunset on the Rookery

The Rookery Tri-Plex

The Rookery Tri-Plex

One of the Spring rituals along the Musselshell River is the return of Great Blue Herons to nest and raise the next generation. One particular Cottonwood tree was previously the site of 7 to 9 nests annually, however rough weather and high winds caused two-thirds of the tree to collapse a couple years ago. Current capacity is much reduced, and a tri-plex is all the tree can handle. Great Blue Herons are not meticulous nest builders, but what they lack in style and form, they make up for with sheer mass of branches and twigs.

Below are close-up images of the birds nesting on each level…

First Floor

First Floor

Second Floor

Second Floor

The Penthouse Suite

The Penthouse Suite

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