The semi-resident Great Blue Herons here at the little farm pond have been coming around much more often in recent days. I believe that at least two Great Blue Herons have established a rookery or nesting area in the tall trees along the nearby private community lake. Herons eat small fish, frogs, insects and small aquatic animals as a regular diet. They use their long slender bill to ferret out food from muddy areas of ponds, streams and lakes. They also are great at flying.
The Great Blue Heron is a wading bird. It has long legs and walks around the shallows of muddy, reed-filled areas to find its food. The Great Blue Heron has a squawking sound for its call. It is most similar in sound to a Canada Goose but more of a slow “cup-cup” sound than a true honk. At least that’s my own take on it. I am quite pleased to have the herons around here. They are interesting and graceful birds. I took these pictures on Jan. 24, 2012, and Jan. 25, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!