little blue heron


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little blue heron

n.
A medium-sized American heron (Egretta caerulea) having white plumage when immature and dark blue-gray plumage as an adult.
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Noun1.little blue heron - small bluish-grey heron of the western hemispherelittle blue heron - small bluish-grey heron of the western hemisphere
heron - grey or white wading bird with long neck and long legs and (usually) long bill
Egretta, genus Egretta - small Old and New World herons
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A great blue heron, a limpkin and a little blue heron landed at the edge of the water about 20 feet from the trees.
Adjacent The Arb, a little blue heron stopped at Hidden Lake.
We immediately found a little blue heron, an infrequent visitor to the District, and scampering around the park, we also caught sight of solitary and spotted sandpipers, lots of singing blackpoll warblers, and a swamp sparrow.
The Banana River itself is a significant part of the Indian River Lagoon, a 156-mile long estuary that is home to more than 479 species of shrimp and crab, 400 species of fish, 260 types of mollusks, reptiles such as the American alligator, Atlantic green turtle and Eastern indigo snake, and birds including the little blue heron, the roseate spoonbill and the least tern.
A scarlet tanager, white-throated sparrow, little blue heron, Swainson's thrush and both Philadelphia and redeyed vireos were scattered down Ireland's west coast.
CONNEMARA had an unexpected visitor this week, a little blue heron - a native of Mexico.
We documented the nesting of 15 species of non-Laridae waterbirds: Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus), Tricolored Egret (Egretta tricolor), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Black-crowned Nightheron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Yellow-crowned Night-heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Green Heron (Butorides virescens), Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), White Ibis (Eudocimus albus), Black-bellied Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis), Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris), Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), and Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus).
Of these species, Great and Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, White and White-faced Ibis, and Wood Stork were so abundant at our study site to cause concern to farmers in regards to the predation issue.
These species include the little blue heron, tricolored heron, reddish egret, roseate spoonbill, American oystercatcher, black skimmer, least tern and snowy plover (state threatened species) and the piping plover, red knot, roseate tern, and wood stork (federally-listed under the Endangered Species Act).
Taxon Total Percent Pied-billed Grebe 2,023 2.4 American White Pelican 1 <0.1 Cormorants 5,004 6.0 Anhinga 43 0.1 American Bittern 13 <0.1 Least Bittern 5 <0.1 Great Blue Heron 889 1.1 Great Egret 8,328 10.0 Snowy Egret 15,093 18.1 Little Blue Heron 11,167 13.4 Tricolored Heron 661 0.8 Reddish Egret 1 <0.1 Green Heron 89 0.1 Black-crowned Night-Heron 525 0.6 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1,406 1.7 White Ibis 8,850 10.6 Dark Ibis 4,492 5.9 Roseate Spoonbill 162 0.2 Wood Stork 175 0.2 Geese 8 <0.1 Ducks 6,514 7.8 Sora 92 0.1 Common Moorhen 4 <0.1 American Coot 10,007 12.0 Shorebirds ** 2,361 2.8 Gulls 2,927 3.5 Terns 1,802 2.2 Belted Kingfisher 243 0.3 * Total number observed was 83,335 birds.