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Springtime For Kronker: Great Blue Mating Began March 1 At Jerry's Pond

Photographer's Thoughts:

Mid-afternoon on Friday, March 1, a delightful birding surprise greeted us after we viewed the former empty colony spot, and then it happened-the grand arrival. Kronker and his lady appeared in the nest and began the mating process. It was stunning and joyful to see, and amazing to photograph on Rindge Avenue with no one around. The pair are using the same nest they Fledged 5 chicks last year. Their feathers have fully grown in for fertility. I think the birds and animals are running this nature thing and I am happy to be invited to show up at the right place at the right time. I hit the jackpot March 1, and am alerted to the miracles of Spring, happening quite early here at Alewife.

-Kathy Johnson

Kronker and his mate standing in their nest.

An intimate moment with Kronker and his mate.


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