Friday, April 24, 2009
This bird is the largest and most widespread heron in North America, the Great Blue Heron can be found in the trees, along the ocean shore or the edge of a small inland pond.
The Great Blue Heron eats mostly fish, however it is willing to eat other animals as well.
Several studies have found that mice are a very important part of the herons diet, making up almost half of what is fed to nestlings.
The Great Blue Heron is a large, gray bird with long legs and an "S" shaped neck. They have a long, thick,
yellow bill, and a black plume extending from behind the eye to the back of the neck. There are
shaggy feathers on the neck and back, with bluish gray wings, back and belly. Here in Vancouver they are seen in large
amounts at Stanley Park, they nest near the tennis courts close to the Park's Board Office.