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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron juvenile with black bill, no white on head, no black plumes down neck, med res, Eagle Lakes, 2020-04-10, JAJ_3916.jpg
JEROME JACKSON
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The Great Blue Heron is our largest Heron and found almost throughout North America. Northern populations have to migrate south or to coastal areas as waters freeze in winter. Although primarily feeding on fish, when opportunity arises, a Great Blue Heron will eat frogs, lizards, small mammals, or even the chicks of other birds.

A word of caution is in order: An injured Great Blue Heron can be very dangerous to humans and efforts to rescue one must begin by gaining control of its head and neck – such as by covering it with a blanket or large towel. They are experts at striking at small things that move – such as your eyes!