My first ever Green Heron sighting was on the 12th of August, 2012 at Deboville Slough. My bird book tells me females and males are similar, with females a bit smaller and with more muted colouring. I would guess this and most of the ones I saw to be males, but will leave it to experts to identify genders if they choose.
young girl was seriously mauled by a cub this past August (three years after we had visited the area). That cub's mother had to be shot and the cub put into a wildlife refuge. Clearly, this next..
McCleery Golf Course to see the Green Herons I had read about on line. Bless his heart, he had to come get me, as I took a very long route home and finally realized I wouldn't make it before dark without his help. That was the last trip out for a while so this next set of Green Heron photos were my last until 2016. They sure were active that day.
Wildlife Rescue. They answered the phone call but because I wasn't able to send a photo (no smart phone at the time), they decided, I guess, that the rescue would be impossible. I sent an email with photos when I arrived home, but never heard back from them. I was disappointed, but have to conclude they had good reasons for this. Wildlife Rescue is an incredible organization that does invaluable work rehabilitating wildlife.
Four days later, I went back, hoping to spot the Green Heron again. Instead, I saw many dragonflies.
A few weeks later (July 18th, 2016), Bill and I were happy to see the same Green Heron. It was clearly surviving and I caught a video of it catching dragonflies. I love this video most because of the excitement in Bill's voice. You have to listen carefully and turn your volume as loud as it will go to share in the fun.
Poor dragonfly, but I was happy the heron was surviving.
My last sighting of the heron was on August 13th, 2016. He caught one of the little fish, and I thought he appeared to be thriving. We went back many times after that, hoping to spot him again, but finally had to conclude that he had either moved on, or worse, hadn't survived. I guess we'll never know the ending to his story, unless, by some wonderful chance, he makes a reappearance next year. If he does, I promise to let you know.
A critter post without a photo of Black Jack wouldn't feel right, so here is a photo of her that I took this morning as she basked in the morning sun. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you will find a little time to check out Eileen's Saturday Critters as well. Thank you so much, Eileen, for hosting!