Birdwatchers WANTED: Have you seen a Great Blue Heron?

Greg Ferguson, in collaboration with Pemberton Wildlife Association, is conducting a survey on Great Blue Heron populations in Pemberton and the surrounding areas.

If you have seen, heard or found herons foraging or flying, groups of herons in trees, heron eggs or young, or heron, bald eagle or osprey nests, in your wanderings, please share your information with Greg at pembertonheron@gmail.com

Screen shot 2016-05-11 at 10.12.51 AMSome info about Great Blue Herons from the South Coast Conservation program

Height: 60 cm, Wingspan 1.5 m. Both sexes are similar. Adult Great Blue Heron are tall, long-legged wading birds with a sinuous neck held in an “S” curve at rest and in flight. The long thick bill is yellow and black, the head and face are white. In mature birds, plumage is a steel blue-grey with dark blue-grey flight and tail feathers. As birds mature a distinctive black plume extends from above the eye to beyond the back of head and a bib of long trailing plumes on the chest and scapula area become more pronounced. Juveniles are grey-brown on the back and upper wing plumage and lack the black eyebrow and adult head and bib plumes.

Great Blue Heron are often mistakenly referred to as a “cranes” due to the fact that the closest look alike in size is the Sandhill Crane (the only species of crane in BC). Unlike Great Blue Heron, Sandhill Crane have a large patch of bare, red skin above the eye, fly with a fully extended neck and nest on the ground. Cranes also have a distinct “bustle” or group of large curved feathers over the lower back and tail area.

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