great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 38 inches Wingspan: 70 inches
Huge long-legged long-necked wader
Usually holds neck in an "S" curve at rest and in flight
Long, thick, yellow bill
White crown and face
Black plume extending from above and behind eye to beyond back of head
Brownish-buff neck with black-bordered white stripe down center of foreneck
Blue-gray back, wings and belly
Shaggy neck and back plumes in alternate plumage
Brownish-gray back and upperwings
Lacks shaggy neck and back plumes
Lacks black plume extending from behind eye
"Great White Heron":
White morph of great blue heron
Large yellow bill
Single white plume extending back from above eye
Found only in South Florida, rarely north along the coast
Tricolored heron has white belly. Reddish egret and little blue heron are
smaller, and lack white on head and yellow in bill. "Great white heron"
could be confused with great egret but is larger, with yellow legs and the
single head plume coming from behind the eye.
Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 3-6
Length of Incubation: 28 days
Days to Fledge: 56-60
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Mostly fish; lesser quantities of aquatic invertebrates, small
mammals, reptiles or amphibians
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February U
Crooked Run Valley