Heron family (Ardeidae)
Much smaller than Great Blue Heron, 14” tall, 25” wingspan. Compact shape, greenish back, reddish-brown neck and chest, short yellow legs. Looks short-necked because it holds its head close to its body.
Shores and water edges with dense vegetation.
Nests in small colonies. Nest of sticks, placed in tree. Eggs are pale blue-green.
“Skow” call is given when flushed and in flight.
Butorides: butio, Latin for “bittern”; eidos, Greek for “resembling”;
virescens, Latin for “growing or becoming green”.
In the Nature Park:
Year-round resident. Less common than Great Blue Herons and equally shy, easily flushed from foraging areas along the edge of the Quarry Pond.