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Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias

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Size: 39-52"

Grayish heron with pale bill.

Voice: a harsh squawk.

Range: Breeds from coastal Alaska, south-central Canada and Nova Scotia south to Mexico. Will winter as far north as southern Alaska and southern New England. A few will remain north during the winter, but often can not withstand the severe weather.

This bird flies with its neck folded instead of extended like a crane. We spotted several of these birds stopping for a rest on the creek that runs behind our house. Though we ran to the house for the camera, I'm afraid none of the pictures are worthy of public viewing. We also see them when the farmer's field behind our yard floods. The strangest sight was seeing one Great Blue Heron landing on the top of a tree.

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