Life in the A-Frame

Life in the A-Frame

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Blue Heron research

BLUE HERON.[Little Blue Heron.]
ARDEA COEPRULEA, Linn. [Egretta caerulea.]
I found out that what I've always called cranes are Blue Herons. The blue ones are the mature birds older than 2 years, and who are of mating age. The white ones are the younger ones who haven't matured yet. They can get very large, with a wing span of around 41 inches.


KathyB. said...

Ahh, I wondered when I saw your photo of the beautiful heron. As I stated before, we have many that frequent our and property...depleting our gold fish and frog population. They are so spectacular as they circle our property to land in our pond.They seem way too big and gangly to be so graceful, don't they?

Envoy-ette said...

You are right about their size. Once time, a gray one walked by my window and scared me! I thought a grown man was looking in on me!

Bee said...

You wouldn't believe how useful this information was to me!

I often walk in the English countryside, and my walking partner will point out herons . . . I've always wondered about the white ones. (And yes, I think that I probably thought of them as "cranes," too.)