Birds at Water's Edge
Great Blue Heron
Description - Large gray-blue heron, black stripe above the eye, yellowish bill, light colored body, dark gray wings, stands about 4'
Behavior/Diet - Wades along water's edge and dives head into water to catch fish
Green Backed Heron
Description - Small with short yellowish legs, greenish black crown feathers, sides and under -deep chestnut, stands about 15" - 17"
Behavior/Diet - Often perches in trees, wades along water's edge to catch fish
Description - Black head and neck with distinctive white "chin" strap, breast white and body brownish
Behavior/Diet - Graze on grass and clover, eats submerged aquatic vegetation
Description - Large shaggy head, gray-blue head and body, white collar or belt at neck, heavy pointed bill, stands about 12" - 13"
Behavior/Diet - May sit 20' - 40' above the water, dive into the water for small fish
Red Winged Blackbird
Description - Glossy black with bright red shoulders tipped with yellow, females are brownish all over, stands about 7" - 9"
Behavior/Diet - Eats insects and spiders and seeds, likes to nest in thick vegetation of fresh
Description - Male dark glossy purplish blue back and belly, females dark grayish all over
forked tail, stands about 7" - 8"
Behavior/Diet - Swoop like swallows and eats mosquitoes, beetles, flies, moths as they fly through the air often seen swooping over the pond
Description - Blue iridescent back, dark wings, white neck and underside with notched tail,
stands about 5"- 5 1/2 "
Behavior/Diet - Eats mosquitoes, beetles ,flies, moths as it flies through the air
and likes to fly over the pond