Date: 5/30/19 12:36 pm
From: M Levy <levysantacruz...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] Re: sneezing confirms breeding
Ha! I will try it.

On Monday, May 27, 2019 at 7:32:18 PM UTC-7, Alex Rinkert wrote:
> That’s right, sneezing can confirm breeding. Yesterday I visited Baldwin
> Creek to see if I could confirm breeding for a pair of GREEN HERONS.
> Atlasers had seen a pair repeatedly visiting the extensive willow patch
> near the creek mouth earlier in the season, but there was no further
> indication they were nesting. After walking under the canopy and inspecting
> the many stick structures high above, most built by woodrats, I came across
> one about the right size and shape for a heron. This was the most promising
> nest out of dozens of candidates, but unfortunately the nest appeared
> unoccupied. At that point I had been on the hunt for a while now and was
> considering what to do next. A breeze blew through the trees and I couldn’t
> resist the urge to sneeze. ACHOO, and the head of a wary heron rose out of
> the nest above me! When the heron shifted its position I could see downy
> nestlings through gaps in the nest bowl. Breeding confirmed.
> Alex Rinkert
> Santa Cruz

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