Thanks to Vicki Westberg for sending this photo of the remarkable Heron Rookery in Kenmore.Next to an ugly municipal parking lot is a remarkable resource. Kenmore hosts the Heron Rookery,
which is home to at least 55 nests and likely over 100 Great Blue Herons. This is a vast wetland, which is a part of the huge Swamp Creek Watershed, which feeds Lake Washington. It is an amazing site to see in the middle of a suburban city. If you see a heron in your neighborhood, it may actually live here or maybe at Kiwanis Ravine on Magnolia Bluff.
Let us know if you see one or if there are other heron nesting sites.
Thanks Vicki and Jan Stewart for making the treck over to Kenmore. Thanks Kenmore for preserving this amazing wildlife habitat.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hosts a webcam at the Kenmore Library.
Wildlife Photo Feature - Great Blue Heron seen April 12th at Thornton Creek Park # 6.
It was reported by Ruth Williams of TCA that it consumed two fish in five minutes. This is significant because the huge bird was sighted in the Beaver Pond and that fish were this plentiful. It took activists many years to convince the City that there is fish habitat worth protecting in Thornton Creek. This site is just 3 blocks from Northgate and the Thornton Place development and the SPU Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel. The Thornton Creek Legal Defense Fund and many others, fought for many years to
ensure that the project was built and designed with fish passage protections. The project designers have won several awards including a recent WASLA award.
There are several well known "heron rookeries" or nesting sites in the area, which are protected by State law. Seattle hosts one at Kiwanis Ravine in the Magnolia neighborhood. Kenmore and the Renton also have large rookeries. Earthcorps has held work parties and restoration projects there, co-sponsored by
Heron Habitat Helpers.
Photo Credit - Don MacCall and Ruth Williams
The Great Blue Heron is considered a "Priority Species" by WA State.
Great Blue Heron Facts