|A Heron on a dock on Manchaug Pond – archive photo|
Herons are a common sight on Manchaug Pond: fishing coves, standing on docks and shoreline boulders and flying low over the water to a quiet place.
To see where they are nesting, just take a car ride north and west of Manchaug Pond heading toward Oxford.
|Heron rookery located just outside Manchaug Pond watershed in Oxford, Massachusetts|
As you head west on Central Turnpike you’ll enter Oxford, passing Douglas Pike and Joe Jenny Road on the left. Keep looking to the left and you will see a large area of water and dead trees. This wetlands was created by a number of years ago by beavers flooding the forest.
Those dead trees now bear the large stick nests of herons! A driveby reveals the adults standing tall in the nest with other adults flying east to and from area ponds and wetlands.
|Closeup of females in the nests.|
|A heron on a fallen tree on Aldrich Mill Pond just up from Manchaug Pond.|