Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December Great Blue Heron

On 19 November 2013, I found a Great Blue Heron west of Northfield, about which I blogged. Very likely this heron is the same bird. John Holden, Erika and I discovered it in exactly the same spot during the Faribault/Northfield Christmas Bird Count (14 December 2013). The bird looks a bit the worse for ware. After a week of subzero (Fahrenheit) weather, almost no open water is to be found in the vicinity. There can’t be too much around for the bird to eat.

My photo is not stellar. Snow fell from dark skies. To our surprise, the heron took flight and slowly flew down the otherwise frozen creek. We doubt the bird will survive the winter.

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