Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) Photo Credit: Frank Cone

Feeding Habits: Herons typically stand in shallow water and strike fish or frogs with their long beak. They will even eat insects and small mammals. Once they’ve snatched their prey, they swallow it whole.

Unique Features: Largest heron species in North America, standing 4 feet tall with a wingspan of over 6 feet wide. Great blue herons share this collection of nests, known as a “rookery” with double-crested cormorants. Upwards of 50 breeding pairs use these silver poplar trees for nesting each year. Some herons migrate to warmer climates in the winter, but many overwinter in their breeding territory as long as there is open water for feeding.