Saturday, November 26, 2022

A Great Blue Heron Spreads Its Wings to Cool Off During a Hot Spell—A Dispatch from Mendonoma

The following is an article written by Jeanne Jackson for her blog Mendonoma Sightings where she documents the wildlife, the land, and the waters of our coast.

Paul Brewer’s image of a Great Blue Heron holding its wings outward to cool off during a hotspell

We are having a two-day heatwave here. During the last hot spell, Paul Brewer photographed this Great Blue Heron with its wings in an unusual position. The thinking is this heron was doing this to help cool him or her off.

I wondered about the two Osprey chicks in the nest I observe through a spotting scope. Today I saw the mother Osprey with her wings spread out, shading her offspring. What a great mother she is!

Water is very important to wildlife and putting in a birdbath can bring a plethora of smiles. Putting out a simple saucer of water will do the same.

Here’s a fun photo was taken some years ago by Robert Scarola of a Great Blue Heron lifting off.

A Great Blue Heron takes off [Image by Robert Scarola]

Thanks to Paul and Robert for allowing me to share their photos with you here. To see much more of Paul’s nature photography, here is the link to his website:

No clouds, no fog, and a gentle breeze – time to head for the beach!

How Can You Support the Efforts of Mendonoma Sightings?

  • Buy Jeanne Jackson’s book Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year here. The 270-page, full-color documentation of our coast’s beauty would make for a great gift or coffee table conversation piece.
  • Jeanne Jackson has also written two children’s books: Sunny Loves Spring on the California Coast and Sunny Loves Summer on the California Coast. These playful children’s books were written to instill within children a love of nature. Jackson will be publishing the other two seasons this year. Those books can be purchased at
  • Check out Craig Tooley’s incredible photography of our coastline here. Buy some prints of his photos, get them framed, and bring the Mendonoma coast home.
  • “Follow” and “Like” the Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year Facebook page for direct access to Jackson’s dispatches of life on Mendonoma.
  • If you have your own Mendonoma Sighting, contact Jeanne Jackson at to submit your narrative and photograph so she can document the experience.

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