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Short, stocky and compact as compared to other herons.
Freshwater ponds, streams with dense trees at the water's edge.
This photo was taken on a dreary morning about an hour after sunrise. One by one, these young green herons side-stepped up the tree to make their place with the adult. Until I discovered this neighborhood park (Lakeside Park), I typically only saw Green Herons one at a time. Also, this park appeared to be missed by other birders as there were no entries for it in ebird. I first stopped there this spring to watch a pair of Yellow Crowned Night Herons make their nest in the rain. On subsequent visits throughout the spring and summer, I discovered it was a green heron rookery! Green Herons nested there throughout the summer. Their hatchouts were not concurrent, because just when I thought they were done, I discovered a new nest with hatchlings. By season's end, another birder and I had found 64 species in that little neighborhood gem of a park! More than half of the species were found to be raising young there. Their data contributed to Virginia's Breeding Bird Atlas.
Spotted on Jun 8, 2019
Submitted on Dec 8, 2019