GREEN HERON

This small heron is found in many of the wetlands of Essex County. They often pick marshes close to wooded areas.  A walk along the DeLaurier Trail at Point Pelee National Park in spring is a great place to catch a glimpse of this breeding species and keep your eyes open in the marsh surrounding the hawk tower at Holiday Beach Conservation Area, they are often spotted amongst the cattails in the fall.  Other sure bets are around the Ojibway Nature Centre, Hillman Marsh Conservation Area and St Clair National Wildlife Area.

A small, stocky wading bird, the Green Heron is common in wet spots across much of North America. It can be difficult to see as it stands motionless waiting for small fish to approach within striking range, but it frequently announces its presence by its loud squawking.

Adult Description
Small, dark heron.
Long yellowish legs.
Long, dark, pointed bill.
Long neck often kept pulled in tight to body.
Legs and neck long, but shorter than most herons.

Immature Description
Striped brownish on neck and chest. Back brownish with buffy spots.

*Image and description were sourced from: allaboutbirds.org

 


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