Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
|September 2015 Bird Of Month
|Great Blue Heron
poised at a river bend or cruising the coastline with slow, deep wingbeats, the Great Blue Heron
is a majestic sight. This stately heron with its subtle blue-gray plumage often stands motionless
as it scans for prey or wades belly deep with long, deliberate steps. They may move slowly, but
Great Blue Herons can strike like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a gopher. In flight, look
for this widespread heron’s tucked-in neck and long legs trailing out behind.
It is the largest of the North American herons with long legs, a sinuous neck, and
thick, dagger like bill. The head, chest, and wing plumes give a shaggy appearance. They also forage
in grasslands and agricultural fields. Breeding birds gather in colonies or heron rookeries to build
stick nests high off the ground. Their voice makes occasional deep croaks. They are commonly found
in many of our local wetlands and lakes.