When I got to the section of St Philips on the right side of the wetlands, I saw a bird that looked like a small Great-blue Heron perched up on the branch who took off once it saw me. As it took off it made a call I had never heard before so it stumped me even more (as well as the color of the bill and the eye). Come to find out it was a Black-crowned Night Heron. LIFER believe it or not! Remember I didn't start serious birding until early November of last year and they were not in the area at that time. Very cool bird that is now on my stalking list! I went to St Philips again this morning because I wanted to see if it was there. This bird usually hunts at dusk and at night but will hunt during the day if they are feeding their young so I decided to see if I could confirm that but I couldn't.
Anyhow, I knew I had about two hours to spare so went to St. Philips to check on the Green Herons. I decided to spend an hour at each part of the wetlands to see what else I could spot. My goal was to remain as still as possible so that eventualy the herons wouldn't even notice me so I could observe them with the naked eye.
Note: Both Alan and Rick Q emaild me to let me know that these herons will usually not nest here as they prefer to do it on or near the coast lands. A girl can dream though can't she!! Thanks to both of you-you learn something new everyday!
The two Green Herons were out but one was not as visible as the other so I am guessing they have a nest somewhere in the area. The heron was fairly close to me so I could observe him with just my eyes which was my goal in the first place.
A picture of the wetlands at St. Philips. I have plenty of favorite places to bird but this remains my number one place. I spent most of March in ankle deep snow in this area observing the Pileated Woodpeckers and now I go there to track the herons and other birds. I can stay there for hours if allowed. It is so quiet and soothing that what ever stress I have when I get there soon goes away.