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Posts Tagged ‘Great Blue Heron’

Signs of the Times

Posted by Jody on April 5, 2020

Good morning y’all!

I do hope everyone is staying safe and sound during these very trying times. Social distancing has become the norm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (as in most parts of the world) and even our beaches have been closed. The seawall is still open to walkers and joggers though. Thankfully, most folks in these parts are taking the CDC’s corona virus guidelines seriously.

Greg and I are ever so grateful to still be able to get out and ride our bikes every morning.  I thought I’d share a few photos from this morning’s ride along the beautiful Mississippi Sound with you.

Please take care and stay safe!

~~~~Better days are ahead.~~~~


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The Regal Great Blue Heron

Posted by Jody on June 6, 2012

Great Blue Heron on the Texas Gulf Coast

Great Blue Heron, Preparing for Flight

Great Blue Heron in Flight

Greg, the kids, and I have had the pleasure of seeing Great Blue Herons in many different settings.  It’s no wonder, since they are found throughout North America.  Their range extends from Alaska to Florida, into the Caribbean and Mexico, and even farther south to northern South America.  Found on saltwater coastlines, freshwater lake shores, riverbanks and creeksides, the Great Blue Heron has a diet consisting primarily of fish. Mice, lizards, insects, frogs and turtles are also on the menu.

The largest of the North American herons, Great Blue Herons (Ardea herodias) are wading birds, some standing up to 4½ feet tall. They strike quite a dignified pose, with their long legs, graceful necks, blade-like bills, and subtle blue gray plumage. They have a definite, bold black stripe above their eyes that extends to the back of their heads.

When in flight, they reveal two tones on the upper side of their wings, dark flight feathers with light coloring forward.  Their wingspread can measure 6½ feet! In flight, their necks curl into an s-curve and their feet stick straight out behind their bodies. What a majestic sight they are!

The above photo series of a stately heron was taken from the west jetty at Quintana Beach County Park, on the upper Texas Gulf Coast. I imagine this beautiful Great Blue Heron was hoping for fish, just like the many tackle-toting visitors to the jetty!

Quintana Jetty, Quintana Beach County Park, Texas Gulf Coast

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has lots of information on the Great Blue Heron.  Their website has audio recordings of the different calls, as well as a live webcam of  Great Blue Herons nesting, giving us a wonderful opportunity to get even more up close and personal with these regal birds.

~ Happy beach birding! ~

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