Friday, October 2, 2015

Bird Lesson #2 - The Great Blue Heron

I took this photo of the Great Blue Heron that was there the other day.
A Great Blue Heron has been hanging out at our town lake.  You can't miss it as it is as tall as a kindergartner.  It moves very slowly while fishing, but it can catch a frog or fish with lightning speed as it jabs it with its long, pointed bill.  It is mostly gray, while some are more blue than others.  When it flies its neck is shaped like an S. It is North America's largest heron.

Great Blue Herons nest together high in trees.  This nesting site is called a rookery.  These birds will be migrating to Central America as the colder weather approaches, so grab your kindergartner and go check out this bird before its too late!

For more on Great Blue Herons, go to the "All About Birds" website by clicking here.

I took this photo of a rookery back in April in Charles Mix county.

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