Little Blue Heron at Lake Maria in Green Lake County Wisconsin on May 20, 2016

I was birding in the Kettle Moraine South in Waukesha County this morning when the birding wheels stopped. I saw the note on the Little Blue Heron at Lake Maria in Green Lake County. I looked at distance to Lake Maria and thought why not. The normal range for this visiting bird is more the southern US. Upon arriving at the boat landing at Maria Lake, it only took me a minute to see the Little Blue Heron a long ways down the shore to the north. It was hard to see in the grasses, but I knew that the bluish bird could only be the Little Blue Heron. It continued north until it was surrounded by 4 Canada Geese and then 2 adult Sandhill Cranes later did not seem to happy to have it around either. The Canada Geese appeared to threaten it, but all backed off right away and left that area. It looked like Canada Geese nests were everywhere but empty and the Sandhill Cranes appeared to be tending to little ones behind the tall grasses. The bird moved back a little to the south in and out of the grasses. Perched once off shore for about 45 minutes. I could not see it perched but figured, it was doing that and did not see it fly away. It went back towards shore and I saw some blue go up into a tree, figured it was once again going to perch. After about 30 minutes, it flew out of the woods, made a 90 degree turn to the south and flew right in front of the boat landing. That was the last I saw of the bird. I hung around for about 20 minutes. A few other birders came and went but it was quiet there.  The Little Blue Heron was found this morning by Jeff B and Wendy S got the word out for others to see. A big thank you to them and what a fun time it was! I hope it hangs around for awhile for others to see. Some of these images are distant but felt they were part of the story. Images were taken on May 20, 2016.

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Little Blue Heron

Binomial name: Egretta caerulea

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 24” long, 40” wing span

Weight: 12 oz

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Looking for food

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Looking for food

Looking for food

Looking for food

Looking for food

Looking for food

The Little Blue Heron is far down the shore to the north

The Little Blue Heron is far down the shore to the north

Looking for food but the Sandhill Cranes are watching too

Looking for food but the Sandhill Cranes are watching too

Looking for food

Canada Geese are moving in, the Little Blue Heron moves out

Time to move on

Time to move to a new spot

Time

Canada Geese have surrounded the Little Blue Heron

one

Canada Goose makes a statement and the Little Blue Heron does not move

two

The Canada Geese move out of the area, the Little Blue Heron (in the middle of image) stays put for the short term

three

Time to move to a different area again, moving slowly to the south along the shore

Looking for food

Looking for food once again

Looking for food, but here comes another Canada Goose!

Looking for food, but here comes another Canada Goose, off the Little Blue Heron goes!

Four

Lets try this place for looking for some food

Under a tree limb the Little Blue Heron is looking for food

Under a tree limb the Little Blue Heron is looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food

Little Blue Heron looking for food but on its way to perch

Off the perch it goes and heading to the south off shore near the boat landing

Off the perch it goes and heading to the south off shore near the boat landing

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

Heading south

And still heading south as it passes by me.......

And still heading south as it passes by me…….

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

3 Responses to Little Blue Heron at Lake Maria in Green Lake County Wisconsin on May 20, 2016

  1. Annie says:

    You are so lucky to have found this and what great pics. Thanks Jim

  2. Gerald Haiar says:

    Thanks for running for these rarities Jim. Gives the home town confined medical crowd a chance to get in on the action. Much appreciated.

  3. Teddy says:

    Nice pics; nice bird.

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