Top 10 Facts You Might Not Know About The Great Blue Heron

Top 10 Facts You Might Not Know About The Great Blue Heron

According to Wikipedia, The great blue heron (Ardea herodias) is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean and the Galápagos Islands.

Here’s a list of facts you could find thought-provoking about the bird seen frequently near the park of its same name.

  1. It is the largest North American heron and, among all extant herons, it is surpassed only by the goliath heron (Ardea goliath) and the white-bellied heron (Ardea insignis). It has head-to-tail length of 91–137 cm (36–54 in), a wingspan of 167–201 cm (66–79 in), a height of 115–138 cm (45–54 in), and a weight of 1.82–3.6 kg (4.0–7.9 lb)
  1. Has elaborate courtship and other displays
  2. Often nests in colonies
  3. Shares nurturing duties: both the male and the female incubate the eggs and feed the young
  4. Is a patient hunter, often waiting motionless for several minutes before catching its prey
  1. From birth to two years, Great Blue Herons moult, or replace old feathers with new, four times.
  2. Great Blue Herons live long lives, some as long as 17 years.
  3. Most birds move south for the winter, and banded birds from Canada have been found in Mexico, Honduras, and Cuba. Colonies of Great Blue Herons are also found in Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands.
  4. In Canada, most herons lay from three to five eggs in April.
  5. Adult Great Blue Herons have few natural enemies. Eagles occasionally attack them, and crows, ravens, gulls, birds of prey, and raccoons prey upon the eggs and young; mortality of the young is high, but often for reasons other than predation.

The Blue Heron Trailer park has a water feature most desired by the great blue heron for feeding.  Which makes the park a great place to observe and photograph this natural beauty.

Thanks to Glynne Hines who sent in this photo from the park.

About the park:

We are in mid-season right now.  There remain some sites available and also there are some trailers for sale.  Check out our listings and browse the photos.  With all the rain we had this spring the park is now in great shape.  The plants and trees have benefited from the extra water.  Please contact us if you have any questions or wish to inquire about a site.


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