The Great Blue Heron is the most commonly seen of the herons here in The Villages, Florida. I also frequently can spot Little Blue Herons and occasionally see the gorgeous medium-sized Trim-colored Heron. I very rarely see a Green Heron, and have not seen any Black or Yellow Crowned Night Herons here in this community.
The herons all fish for fish, frogs, baby alligators, aquatic snails, crayfish, and occasionally larger aquatic insects, snails, and worms. These are wading birds that are primarily found on the immediate shoreline of ponds, streams, lakes and in the shallows of both fresh and salt water marshes.
All of these herons are great at flight and some flocks do migrate. One generally only sees a single bird or just a small number of these herons in one spot unless the flock is gathering for a migration or is resting during travels. Our bird population swells in the Winter months here in Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!