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Green Herons Starting To Migrate

8-24-18 green heron2 20160916_0770Green Herons breed throughout the eastern half of North America.  After their nesting season is over they tend to wander, often to more favorable foraging areas. This dispersal merges gradually into a protracted fall migration for birds in the Northeast, beginning around the end of August, with most birds having left by mid-October.

Most Green Herons from eastern United States migrate south to winter along the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Caribbean islands, Mexico, through Central America to northern South America.   We usually see our first Green Herons returning in mid-April, earlier than other herons.  This may be due to their crepuscular feeding habits, which gives them a longer span of time to feed each day.

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3 responses

  1. Walden S Morton

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    August 24, 2018 at 7:24 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    Another awesome photo! Love their yellow legs & eye features…I remember seeing one for the first time…@ Burrage Wildlife area..luckily my walking partner ID’d it.

    August 24, 2018 at 7:36 am

  3. Kit Hood

    What an incredibly beautiful photo of the green heron. The detail is terrific! Thanks for sharing.

    August 24, 2018 at 8:50 am

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