There, it’s done! Adding the last bird to my 2014 count

With the year coming to a close, I am calling my 2014 Bird Count complete at 130 photo-documented species. My final addition to the list is a bird which I seemed doomed to miss almost all year long, although I went looking for it many times in places where I knew it was commonly seen. May I present to you, the green heron! See him hiding in there?

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This is a smaller cousin of the great blue most folks in the region are familiar. Whereas the GBH is tall and thin, the green heron is much shorter and stocky by comparison.

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Their name comes from the dark green cap and back; their neck and breast are a chestnut color, while the dark wings seem to have a subtle, almost rainbow hue across them.Yellow around the eye with orange legs, they are a bird of many colors.

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There were two green herons at Commonwealth Lake the day after Christmas; it took some effort on my part, stalking them from across the lake until they finally cooperated and showed themselves where I could take photos. A friendly fellow birdwatcher I had chatted with earlier helped me pick out the second one, after which it apparently gave up hiding as it flew to another perch.

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While at the park, I did also have a great blue heron fly over the water for a couple of quick snapshots. A red-tail hawk was being harassed by a crow nearby, a red-winged blackbird sang from bare branches near the creek, and a collection of mixed ducks, grebes, and mergansers swam in the lake. I was only there for a short time, but it was well worth the trip!

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For more images from my birding year, be sure to visit my Flickr site. Comments are always welcome!

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7 thoughts on “There, it’s done! Adding the last bird to my 2014 count

  1. Congrats on the last bird of her year! I can’t think of a more fitting one than the shy green heron. It took me more than a year to spot one, but once I did, I started seeing them everywhere. It was unlocking a level on a kid’s video game. Happy New Year!

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    • Thank you, Shannon! I was super excited to finally find a green heron. I know with a lot of the birds I’ve gained familiarity with this year, it feels very similar to what you describe; they are suddenly everywhere! The comparison to unlocking a video game level is great. Happy New Year to you as well!

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