May 3, 2009

It's Not a Hubcap . . . It's a GREEN HERON

After working at Stonebridge Farm on May 2nd, we swung by a few of the local ponds to see what might be there.  In one pond we originally saw Common Mergansers, Blue-winged Teals, a Spotted Sandpiper, and some Belted Kingfishers.  I (Joel) took some photos of Common Mergansers taking flight off the water.  When we got home, I downloaded the camera and looked at one of the photos of the Common Mergansers and saw that there was a very out of focus bird along the shore.  My general impression of it was a GREEN HERON!  I sent the photo to Raymond Davis and he made a joke about it being a "1957 Pontiac hubcap."  After some pleading, our parents took us back to town and we found the Green Heron hidden in the vegetation along the shore.

Common Mergansers Taking Flight
(Note the out of focus Green Heron on right-side of shore)
Click on the photo to get a closer look.

Green Heron (digiscoped later that day)

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