Heron….

heronwetlands84-14I’ve been seeing Great Blues in the wetlands in the last few weeks…  No geese, not many ducks….. but herons… several…  wondered what they were hungry for…. there’s the frogs ( hide Banjo!)….and maybe fish??….  Today we caught a glimpse of what looked just like a newly fledged Great Blue… a mini-   with a little fish…. that s/he quickly abandoned when we rounded the corner….. in the channel of the Little River…..

I don’t know if any babies have been seen…. seems like it’s been a question if heron breeding happens at the Reservation….. so keep a sharp eye out for the mini heron…. a photo would be great… then we would know there is at least one nest this season…..  it’s just their time to fledge…..   Shortly we ran into a juvenile heron…. probably born last year or the year before…. juveniles have ‘crosses’ on their neck… the beginning of the long fringe breeding feathers that grow in when it’s time for them to mate, about age 2…. there’s a few around AR…..babies don’t have that and may have a spot of white on their crowns…..or even what looks like a crew cut……..