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Alison Wagner <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 3 Sep 2013 22:38:51 -0400
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Hello Little Blue seekers!

I just read a piece in the July/August edition of Bird Watchers Digest about 
Little Blues.  According to Jim McCormac (jimmccormac.blogspot.com):

"Little blue herons also engage in a fascinating 'reverse migration' in late 
summer.  They, along with several other species of southern herons, engage 
in northward movements following the nesting season.  These flights are 
unpredictable and irregular from year to year, and often the bulk of the 
northward wanderers are immature birds.  In lean years, few if any birds 
travel north.  Once in a great while there is a massive exodus,....."  He 
then mentions in 1930, there were at least 1,185 individuals found 
throughout Ohio.

I'd settle for ten.  Or maybe just one.  Good luck to everyone who dreams 
big for little blues!  And thanks Ian (Mary, Eli) and Ron for yet another 
awesome report!


-----Original Message----- 
From: Ron Payne
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 8:10 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Juvenile Little Blue Heron ... Twin Bridges Dam, 

After Ian left I went over to Twitchell Hill Rd. to try to get a closer
view, but as I drove down the road it took off headed to the west. I
went back around to Quaker Village Rd. and could see the bird perched
in a tree from the bridge. It stayed there for about ten minutes before
changing its perch to another tree, where it stayed for about another
five minutes before taking off and flying to the west. I drove west
after it looking at points where the Otter Creek is visible but wasn't
able to find it again.

Here are a couple of blurry digiscoped images of the bird:

Ron Payne
Middlebury, VT

On Tue, 3 Sep 2013 19:54:35 -0400, "Ian A. Worley" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
This afternoon while fishing from a canoe my wife Mary and son Eli
> discovered a juvenile Little Blue Heron in the shallows and waterside 
> trees of the small lake above Twin Bridges Dam in Weybridge.  Ron Payne 
> and I rediscovered the bird this evening and had excellent views as it 
> stood on a log well lit from the setting sun behind us.  A Great Blue 
> Heron was close by, actually looking "great" in size by contrast with the 
> small size of the heron.
> The plumage was all white, the bill greyish or grey-greenish with a black 
> tip, there was no mane, and the legs and feet were uniformly 
> olive-greenish.  Throughout the afternoon and evening it flew from 
> location to location all within 1500 feet of the dam.  Mary and Eli got 
> quite close to it with the canoe.
>  From land it was most easily viewed and photographed from a high, 
> roadside location on Field Days Road about 500 feet north of Quaker 
> Village Road.  It also could be seen, at times, from Twitchell Hill Road a 
> quarter of a mile east of Field Days Road.
> Photos to come.
> Ian