Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

The Little Blue Heron is another small heron that, in North America, is found year-round along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the Southeastern US as well as the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and parts of Mexico and Central America.  There is a group of Little Blue Herons that migrate from Mexico and Central America into more interior areas of the Southeastern US when breeding.

The Little Blue Heron forages in swamps, marshes, ponds, stream and other wetlands. They like small fish, small amphibians, crustaceans, insects and invertebrates. My observation is that they stalk and attack prey much like an egret – slow movements with the neck extended then attacking in rapid jut of the neck.

The juvenile Little Blue Heron is all white. Their legs are a gray-green color and the beak is gray. If you are in Little Blue Heron country and you see a bird that looks like an egret, take a closer look; it may be a juvenile Little Blue Heron.

Infor from CornellLabs All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Little_Blue_Heron/lifehistory

Note: Please click on caption to image at higher resolution.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron on Mangrove
J N “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Snowy Egret (Egretta Thula) and Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)
J N “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Little Blue Heron
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Little Blue Heron
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

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