Saturday, February 27, 2010
Open source bird watching
The bird below, tolerantly posing on the Millstone River and visible earlier this afternoon from the bridge over the Delaware and Raritan Canal lock, looks a lot like the last bird in this post, which you readers helpfully identified as a great blue heron. But I could be wrong. What say our more expert readers?
It looks just like the blue heron that ate all of my koi! I hope it freezes.
That is a great blue heron. Good illustration in Peterson's field guide
Looks very like the great blue herons that winter in the Honey Island Swamp near my home on the LA MS state line, near the Gulf of Mexico. I had no idea they had such a range.
Yep, a great blue, according to the USGS. If you want to attract them around the home, you should consider putting in a koi pond, I understand they love those little fishies.
Clearly, that is the New Jersey variant, the Pretty Good Blue Heron. You have to go to Pennsylvania for a Great Blue Heron
Does he answer to the name of "Hank"?
It is, in fact, a male mallard duck with his lady friend. Oh, wait, you meant the big one.
Heh. For an environmentalist, GT, you definitely have a sense of humor.
GT cannot be a true greenie. Having a sense of humor is a disqualifier for enviro status.