One of the most special signs of spring around my neck of the woods is the Bath Road heronry which we drive by on our way to the Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls where I do water exercises. Down at the lowest point in the valley is a grove of Sycamore trees in a sort of swamp where may be seen many heron nests and adult birds flying back and forth with large sticks in their beaks. It’s quite impressive and the park has a special place for people to pull off the road and watch and photograph the nesting birds. We didn’t stop today but drove by slowly, very happy to see the birds were in their usual spots, despite the fact that last year and this year some of the sycamores have fallen over due to the waterlogged quality of the land and the high winds we’ve been having.
There were some copyright free photos on the park’s website which I think you will enjoy, or at least, I hope you will.
There are two nesting sites in the park, and the one shown above is on Bath Road which I have driven over thousands of times. The other is called Piney Narrows, but I’ve never been there. I was surprised to learn that the first nesting in this area began only in 1985. But I am so glad that it did begin. This park is a joy and a blessing for everyone who lives here and has visitors from all around the country.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is about 33,000 acres of land running north to south and there are about 140 heron nests here.