Name (Latin): Ardea herodias
Size: L 46" WS 72" WT 2,400 g
Description: large size, slow winged & graceful flight, long neck (extended or coiled back)
Song/Sounds: "Fraaahnk." Listen Here.
Habitat: inland areas, streams, pond edges, wetlands, wet meadows, even upland fields
Seasons in Keene: Summer
Nest and Eggs: Clutch of 2-6 eggs
Similar Species: Great White Heron (a Blue Heron morph), Great egret, Snowy Egret
Distribution: From southern edge of Alaska down through Mexico
Population: While other herons have been threatened by pesticides and hunting, the Great Blue reamains stable.
Fun Facts: The White morph of the Blue Heron, called the Great White Heron exists in a limited range in the Florida Keys. There is also and intermediate morph called the Wurdemann's Heron that occurs in southern Florida.
Video: Great Blue Heron