HYBRID HERON

May 16, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

This morning at Hammonasset I saw and photographed what looks like one of the hybrid Little Blue Heron x Tricolored Herons that have been seen there the past two years. It flew into the back of the Meig's Point Pond by the footbridge near two Little Blue Herons. It stayed briefly before being chased away by one of the Little Blues. Here are two record shots of the bird showing the long bill, mottled look and dull yellowish legs, along with the white feathers on the underwing seen in flight.

Below is one of the Little Blue Herons in the park from a few days earlier for comparison.

and an adult Tricolored Heron taken at the same pond almost exactly a year ago - note slightly longer bill and white underwings.TRICOLORED HERON 12-05-1848876

and finally a shot of one of the suspected hybrids from last fall for comparison.TRICOLORED HERON 12-09-0652801


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