Little Blue Heron at Schoolhouse Pond

The weather is “unsettled” this weekend, which can sometimes bring in good birds, so I decided to try Schoolhouse Pond for vagrants. Sandy Point would have been my first choice, but it’s Labor Day weekend and bound to be very crowded.

I made the right choice. I chatted with some fishermen for a while, and birds were continually flying in, which is always a good sign.

I noticed a distant bird I couldn’t ID, so I walked to the other end of the pond and saw it was a juvenile little Blue Heron, a bird I don’t see often. Eventually it moved much closer and gave me some good looks.

A good morning, indeed, and I may go back tomorrow.

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A single Killdeer was foraging at the South end of the pond.

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Several Least Sandpipers were feeding on the mudflats.

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This Solitary Sandpiper was well camouflaged.

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This Great Blue Heron stayed in one place all morning.

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6 Great Egrets were foraging in the pond.

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There’s always a small flock of Mallards in the pond.

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Two large flocks of Canada Geese stopped by for a while.

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A single Osprey was looking for fish.

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I found this Common Yellowthroat at Wooton’s Landing.

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This Chickadee was also at Wooton.

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The shape of the head and the color of the beak distinguish the Little Blue Heron from the Snowy Egret.

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