Green Heron (Héron vert) Butorides virescens
17 August 2014
The favoured habitat of Green Heron is a small wetland or swamp and the miniscule wetland on Beaver Creek Road in Waterloo seems to fit the bill perfectly. I see this species at this location more frequently than at any other suitable area that I check. This is not to say that the bird is easy to detect, especially at this time of the year, when the vegetation is dense and an individual can blend into its surroundings very easily.
Throughout its North American range the species is widespread, but it is relatively uncommon in this, the northern part of its range.
I was fortunate to see at least two individuals and I suspect that three were present although I cannot be sure. To add to my good fortune one of these birds, and possibly a second one, since they were quarrelsome and chasing each other, perched in the open giving me a clear line of sight through the vegetation. I would have liked to have had the bird a little closer, but you have to take what you can get, and these pictures are quite reasonable, I believe.
Last year I saw juveniles at this location but so far this year all the birds have been adults. I'll continue to check!