Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Native to most of North America, this large wading bird thrives on the fish of the Puget Sound. Living between 15 and 24 years, these birds don’t always have fish in reach to make a meal, so the species has adapted to being able to survive on other prey, such as mice, frogs, snakes, bugs, amphibians, shellfish, small mammals, , and aquatic insects. All this different food keeps the heron strong – and big! While in flight, the wingspan of a heron is as wide as 6 feet. These huge wings make herons early starters! After being just 60 days old, the young bird will fly. While not in flight, the bird can be found sitting on rocks along the shore, standing regally with its long ‘s’ shaped neck up in the air. While they love to be admired, be sure to always give them their desired space.

As of now, blue heron populations are stable across the United States. However, when disturbed by human interference, or even loud noises, they may leave their nests. So when you see these beautiful creatures, be sure to respect their right to live in a peaceful environment, for they are important to our local ecosystem in being a natural predator and keeping populations consistent.

Categories Birds

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