green heron (Butorides virescens)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 14 inches Wingspan: 25 inches
small, short-legged and short-necked heron
Tucks neck in close to body in flight and often at rest, rarely extend- ing it
Blue-gray back and wings
White stripe down center of neck
Reddish-brown and white streaks on head and neck
Extensive white spots on wing coverts
No similar species. Least bittern is much smaller with buff head and neck
and buff patches on wing coverts.
Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 4-5
Length of Incubation: 21-25 days
Days to Fledge: 34-35
Number of Broods: 1, occasionally 2
Diet: Mostly aquatic invertebrates; lesser quantities of fish
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 O
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November O
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley