Green Heron perched in the hedge at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 20, 2017

One of the highlights today at Greenfield Park was a juvenile Green Heron perched in a hedge north of the large pond. It was a highlight because it was a slower day than the usual there plus you typically see these birds on the pond perched on a stick. 4 Green Herons were present today along with a Great Blue Heron and Belted Kingfishers to name a few. Thanks to Dave F for finding this bird perched in the hedge and getting the word out to others at the park as this bird gave nice views. A warm day at the park, low winds, mostly cloudy skies and of photographers visiting from different parts of the state. Images were taken on August 20, 2017.

Some preening here…

When I left the heron was just resting up there enjoying the nice day…

Green Heron catching and eating fish at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on July 11, 2017

During a visit at Greenfield Park this morning I observed a Green Heron fishing, catching fish and eating them. This bird is a 1st summer Green Heron, born last year. A typically event that occurs here daily during the summer months are Green Herons fishing all around the pond, rotating their fishing spots to allow new food to come into those places. Some of the species seen today at the park were 2 Green Herons, 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Belted Kingfishers and a couple groups of Wood Ducks with the mother and young. The day was just a little slower than normal. A beautiful morning out with mostly sunny skies and warm temps but not as hot as it could be for this time of year. Images were taken on July 11, 2017.

Green Heron, the catch with a fish……and a weed too

Green Heron

Binomial name: Buborides virescens

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 18” long, 26” wing span

Weight: 7 oz

The gulp!

Fishing…

Fishing and then just before the catch…

Got-em!

Getting a good grip!

The catch, a nice fish!

A look around

More fishing…

An incredible stretch for the next catch!

And a nice catch!

Killing and turning the fish around to go down the throat…

The gulp!

Sitting pretty…

Green Herons at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 30, 2016

With a slower time of the year for birding, Greenfield Park in Milwaukee always seems to have something going on. I stopped in there this morning and watched a few of the Green Herons present doing their thing, fishing, preening or just hanging out. While observing the Green Herons today the ate small fish. These appear to be first summer Green Herons born in 2015. A few Great Blue Herons were also present today but no Black-crowned Night-Herons were seen. Images were taken on August 30, 2016.

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Green Heron

Binomial name: Buborides virescens

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 18” long, 26” wing span

Weight: 7 oz

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Preening

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Preening

With a feather

With a feather

Fishing

Fishing

Gets the fish!

Gets the fish!

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Scratching

Scratching

Fishing

Fishing

Scratching

Scratching

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing

Great Blue Heron with a Bullhead

Great Blue Heron with a Bullhead

Sneaking through the water looking for its next snack

Sneaking through the water looking for its next snack

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Just hanging out

Warblers and a Green Heron at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 5, 2016

I stopped at Whitnall Park for a routine birding stop to see if there was any warbler action. There was one period mid-morning where there was some good warbler action, but it did not last long. Some Black-throated Green Warblers, 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Blackburnian Warbler were the warbler highlights. Some of the other warbler species present were Yellow-rumped, Palm, Black and White and Yellow. A Green Heron, FOY, gave a very brief appearance. It was a pleasant day with low winds, mild temps and sunny skies. Just a few images to share taken on May 5, 2016.

Green Heron

Green Heron

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Green Heron eats an American Bullfrog at Greenfield Park in West Allis Wisconsin on September 2, 2015

While doing some birding at Greenfield Park in West Allis this morning I came across a Green Heron catching and eating an American Bullfrog. The bullfrog struggled to get away, and the 1st summer Green Heron struggled to kill it. Finally after a few minutes the Green Heron got control of it and down it went in one piece. Poor Bullfrog! Some of the other bird species present were families of Northern Flicker, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher and Green Heron. Also present, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwings, Wood Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes and some of the more common birds. Overall a quiet morning but nice to get out with other birders and photographers before the heat really set in. Mostly sunny with morning temps in the low 80’s with a light breeze at times. This action took place on one of the bigger islands there at the park. Images were taken on September 2, 2015.

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The bullfrog is fighting to get away, kicking etc

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The bullfrog is still trying to get away by kicking, etc

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The bullfrog is still struggling and the heron just continually pinches the bullfrog

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The bullfrog is tiring

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Starting the process of swallowing the frog head first, I’m sure the adults showed them just how to do this at one time!

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Gulp, poor frog!

Birding at Greenfield Park in West Allis Wisconsin on August 28, 2015

Birding at Greenfield Park this morning provided some nice looks at birds in action. Some of the highlights were species Black-crowned Night Heron, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Crested Flycatcher and Wood Ducks. An adult Green Heron set out insects for bait on the water that brought in a few prizes. It was a fun morning doing some photography with Bruce and Lee. It was an overcast day. It started to drizzle when I left early afternoon. Images were taken on August 28, 2015 in West Allis, Milwaukee County Wisconsin.

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Green Heron, adult going for the fish

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Green Heron, adult going for the fish

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Green Heron, adult gets the fish

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Green Heron, adult with fish

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Green Heron, setting out a bee for fishing bait

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Green Heron, setting out a bee for fishing bait

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Green Heron, going for the fish

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Green Heron, with the fish

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Green Heron with the fish

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Pied-billed Grebe, juv

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe, adult

Pied-billed Grebe, adult

Pied-billed Grebe, juv stretching

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile stretching

Pied-billed Grebe, adult shaking off!

Pied-billed Grebe, adult shaking off!

Pied-billed Grebe, juv shaking off!

Pied-billed Grebe,  shaking off!

Pied-billed Grebe, adult, the yawn!

Pied-billed Grebe, the yawn!

Pied-billed Grebe, adult

Pied-billed Grebe, adult

Pied-billed Grebe, preening

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile preening

Pied-billed Grebe, juv, stretching

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile stretching

Grebe eating a crayfish

Pied-bill Grebe juvenile eating a crayfish

Pied-billed Grebe juv. eating a crayfish

Pied-billed Grebe juvenile eating a crayfish

Pied-billed Grebe juv. eating a crayfish

Pied-billed Grebe juvenile eating a crayfish

Pied-billed Grebe juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe adult

Pied-billed Grebe adult

Green Heron, juv

Green Heron juvenile

Green Heron, juv, preening

Green Heron juvenile preening

Green Heron, juv, shaking off!

Green Heron juvenile shaking off!

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult stretching

Black-crowned Night Heron, adult stretching

Wood Ducks, adult with young

Wood Ducks, adult female with young

Wood Ducks, adult female with young

Wood Ducks, adult female with young

Green Heron at takeoff

Green Heron at takeoff

Green Herons at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin August 6, 2014

A pair of juvenile Green Herons were present at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin this morning. They worked the shoreline there hunting for food, stretching and resting too. Some of the items they caught were small fish and the Common Blue Damselfly. Also present at the beach area there were 4 Juvenile Caspian Terns. Images were taken on August 6, 2014.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly.

Green Heron

Binomial name: Buborides virescens

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 18” long, 26” wing span

Weight: 7 Oz.

Habitat: Breed in areas of woods or areas with thick vegetation near ponds, marshes, rivers, streams, reservoirs and estuaries. They stay at coastal areas and mangrove swamps in the winter months.

Diet: Green Herons consume fish as their main diet, but also eat amphibians, insects, crustaceans, snails, reptiles and rodents. They catch their food standing still at pond, lake, swamp, creek, marsh, or river edges then darting out with their head snapping up its prey. They also spear their prey with their sharp bill. They usually hunt in waters of less than 4” deep. Deeper waters are usually visited by larger heron species with longer legs.

Nesting: Start of the construction of the nest is done by the male. After a pair is formed the female helps in the nest building. The nest is usually 8-12” across with a bowl of about 2” deep with no lining. The nest is usually located over water at ground level to 30’ or more above the water, but can also be located up to distances of a half mile away from water. They also are known to fix up old nests and during the breeding season they continue to add sticks to their nests as necessary.

Cool fact: Green Herons are known to use bait like insects to bait their prey.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly.

Juvenile Green Heron hunting

Juvenile Green Heron hunting.

Juvenile Green Heron with a fish.

Juvenile Green Heron with a fish.

Juvenile Green Heron with a fish.

Juvenile Green Heron with a fish.

Juvenile Green Heron with gull overhead!

Juvenile Green Heron with gull overhead!

Juvenile Green Heron patiently waiting  for food.

Juvenile Green Heron has it’s eye on something.

Juvenile Green Heron with the catch!

Juvenile Green Heron with the catch!

Juvenile Green Heron, the reflection.

Juvenile Green Heron, the reflection.

Juvenile Green Heron hunting.

Juvenile Green Heron hunting.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly in sight.

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly, got it!

Juvenile Green Heron with a Common Blue Damselfly, got it!

Juvenile Green Heron just taking a break.

Juvenile Green Heron just taking a break.

Juvenile Green Heron just taking a break.

Juvenile Green Heron just taking a break.

Juvenile Green Heron, gull overhead!

Juvenile Green Heron just taking a break.

Juvenile Green Heron, getting back to hunting.

Juvenile Green Heron, getting back to hunting.

Juvenile Green Heron stretching.

Juvenile Green Heron stretching.

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Green Heron

Juvenile Caspian Tern in front.

Juvenile Caspian Tern

Juvenile Caspian Tern coming in for a landing.

Juvenile Caspian Tern coming in for a landing.

Green Heron at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin July 9, 2014

Green Heron fishing, feeding and resting at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Photographs were taken on July 9, 2014.

Capture of the crayfish!

Capture of the crayfish.

Green Heron

Binomial name: Buborides virescens

Category: Bitterns, Herons, and Allies

Size: 18” long, 26” wing span

Weight: 7 Oz.

Habitat: Breed in areas of woods or areas with thick vegetation near ponds, marshes, rivers, streams, reservoirs and estuaries. They stay at coastal areas and mangrove swamps in the winter months.

Diet: Green Herons consume fish as their main diet, but also eat amphibians, insects, crustaceans, snails, reptiles and rodents. They catch their food standing still at pond, lake, swamp, creek, marsh, or river edges then darting out with their head snapping up its prey. They also spear their prey with their sharp bill. They usually hunt in waters of less than 4” deep. Deeper waters are usually visited by larger heron species with longer legs.

Nesting: Start of the construction of the nest is done by the male. After a pair is formed the female helps in the nest building. The nest is usually 8-12” across with a bowl of about 2” deep with no lining. The nest is usually located over water at ground level to 30’ or more above the water, but can also be located up to distances of a half mile away from water. They also are known to fix up old nests and during the breeding season they continue to add sticks to their nests as necessary.

Cool fact: Green Herons are known to use bait like insects to bait their prey. In some images below a Green Heron used a fly to try to attract a small fish to eat. It repeated this a couple of times as I stood there but was unsuccessful that time in getting it’s fishing trick to work that attracts fish or other prey, to then snatch up.

Killing the crayfish.

Killing the crayfish.

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Killing the crayfish.

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Killing the crayfish.

Just before the swallow!

Just before the swallow!

Hunting and waiting.

Fishing and waiting.

The catch!

The catch!

The catch!

The catch!

Hunting

Fishing

Hunting

Fishing

Going for a fly to be used to bait a minnow.

Going for a fly to be used to bait a minnow.

Catching the fly!

Catching the fly!

Setting the fly in the water to attract a minnow.

Setting the fly in the water to attract a minnow.

Changes plan and takes the fly to a new location to be used to bait a minnow.

Changes plan and takes the fly to a new location to be used to bait a minnow.

Takes off to a new location.

Takes off to a new location.

Catches a crayfish after hunting for a while.

Catches a crayfish after fishing.

Killing the crayfish.

Killing the crayfish.

Killing the crayfish.

Killing the crayfish.

Killing the crayfish.

Killing the crayfish.

Killing the crayfish.

Killing the crayfish.

Swallows the crayfish without notice!

Swallows the crayfish without notice!

Going down!

Going down!

In the process!

In the process!

Hunting

Fishing

Resting

Resting

Resting

Resting

Resting

Resting

Hunting

Fishing

Hunting

Fishing

Beautiful back view of feathers and colors!

Beautiful back view of feathers and colors!

Fishing

Fishing

Resting

Resting

Fishing

Fishing

The catch!

The catch!

Killing the crayfish

Killing the crayfish

Resting after swallowing the crayfish!

Resting after swallowing the crayfish!