Where is the Green in this Bird? August 2021

Do you see any green?

Green Heron

Neither do I but this is a Green Heron. They usually show a dusky blue back and brownish purple face and neck.

Green Heron

I’m told that they do have a green gloss in good light on the neck and back. I searched the internet to find a photo showing this.

I did find this one but suspect that Photoshop has had a hand in the processing.

photo: Fineartamerica.com

I found the heron on a log in one of the ponds at Marie Curtis Park.

Green Herons are uncommon and inconspicuous and are usually found along tree-lined or tree-covered streams and ponds.

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Green Heron

MYSTERY BIRD

I will identify it at the end of the post.

There were other herons here as well.

Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)

Some botany

Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Queen Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)
Crown Vetch (Securigera varia)

MYSTERY BIRD

Though the breast is not uniformly orange, this is an American Robin. The breast will eventually lose the spots.

American Robin (juvenile)

NATURE POETRY

dew swings on a leaf
aversely slips, in comely pond
ripples shatter moon. – Haiku

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Where is the Green in this Bird? August 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Well–the WATER is green!
    No matter. It’s great to see this “Green Heron”. But it sure is a bit of a mystery, that name!
    A wonderful place, featuring a wonderful collection of Herons. Thanks, Miles!

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