Date: 4 June 2022. Green Herons.
The wild birds around Seaweed bring me great joy. I also realize that few are privileged
to see Green Herons in their natural habitat. A hidden nest in the
mangroves hatched the two newest resident green herons. Watching the
fledglings grow is a hoot. Baby birds are not the most attractive of
critters. They make me feel good about my appearance first thing in
This is a full grown Green Heron sitting on Algae with a leg tucked up
under his feathers.
Green Herons all appear to have
the same coloring, so I am unsure if this is a male or female.
From my favorite bird
identification book is
Birds of North America:
The Green Heron has a rust colored neck and chest
along with purple wings and crest.
These are smaller fishing birds. During extremely low tides they are
seen along the bank of the canal beneath the mangrove. Green herons
are hunters. I have seen them catch and eat small minnows.
An adult green heron is hidden behind a mangrove
root in this picture:
Further down in this article I'll show you exactly
where to find this elusive heron.
look for the sharp beak. Double click the picture and a
full-sized version of the photo will appear.
After the eggs hatch, a couple days later the
green heron fledglings emerge from the nest. Here
are a pair who I believe to be two days old.
First one bird arrived. He was a bit ungainly while
landing on the railing.
Then he settled down and
perched, though rather precariously. He wobbled quite a lot.
Finally the second
The feathers on their heads are rather fluffy. This
will change as they age.
pictures were taken on the green
initial outing after leaving the nest on Day Two:
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By day five, the birds are steady on their
feet and seem more sure of themselves.
The new fledglings remain close to
each other at this early stage of their lives. I have not seen any
adult green herons watching over them. The adults tend to be elusive
so I may indeed simply not see them.
In the meantime, an adult
green heron visits Algae.
This one appears to be asleep. Both eyes are closed.
Unlike the night herons, green herons
are much more standoffish. I take this trepidation at interacting
with humans as a good thing.
On day nine, one of the
baby green herons is sitting on the dock near Seaweed.
As you can see, the feathers on his head are still
Adult green herons
feathers are smooth.
Though wary and a bit skittish I love that the adult
green heron trusts me enough to sit on Algae.
come outside however the bird will fly away. Although I sometimes
wish the green herons were friendlier I do appreciate that their
survival depends upon independence.
promised, here is a picture with the ADULT GREEN HERON ↓ circled in
Disclaimer: When I
added the red ring the picture quality degraded. Unfortunately I did
an overwrite when uploading and cannot get the better photo back.
ARGH! The beak is facing to the left near the edge of the circle (a
lighter straight line of feathers is below the beak) while the eye
is above and to the left.
herons hunt minnows, catching the fish sideways in their beak. In
other words, the birds grab the minnows in the middle, with a bit of
fish sticking out each side of their beak. Then they swallow the
Fishing has always been popular here in Florida.
This ↑ is from my
collection of vintage postcards.
life on the waterfront. I continue to work on Seaweed. I have made
the classic mistake of starting more than one "easy" project, none of
which are complete, some are time sensitive (and incomplete!) and,
well, I knew better. I'm struggling. Fortunately I have help
arriving Friday morning.
More soon, and thank you for reading.
Do you have green herons near your home?
And, have you ever heard of a friendly green heron?
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