What's this bird?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Stephen T., Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Stephen T.

    Stephen T.

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2015
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    South Central Oregon
    I was up at the Wood River Wetlands, near Chiloquin, OR, this morning. There's thousands of ducks on the water, a couple hundred great egrets along the western shore of Agency Lake, lots of white pelicans and a variety of others. I caught this one flying over. It was a bit too far for my telephoto to get a great shot, but for ID purposes it should do. However, I'm not sure what it is! It looks somewhat like a heron, but...

    who is this.jpg
     
    Stephen T., Oct 6, 2017
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Stephen T.

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    33,218
    Likes Received:
    17,838
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    Neat looking..............no idea though
     
    addy1, Oct 6, 2017
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. Stephen T.

    IPA

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2017
    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    248
    Location:
    63b Chesapeake-Pamlico Lowlands and Tidal Marshes
    Black-crowned Night-Heron me thinks.
     
    IPA, Oct 6, 2017
    #3
  4. Stephen T.

    Stephen T.

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2015
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    South Central Oregon
    Black-crowned Night-Heron, that was my first thought, but my 2 books show the head to be black above the eye, with a white patch in front of the eye to the bill. This makes me wonder if that is correct.
     
    Stephen T., Oct 6, 2017
    #4
  5. Stephen T.

    IPA

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2017
    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    248
    Location:
    63b Chesapeake-Pamlico Lowlands and Tidal Marshes
    Maybe American Bittern?
     
    IPA, Oct 6, 2017
    #5
  6. Stephen T.

    IPA

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2017
    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    248
    Location:
    63b Chesapeake-Pamlico Lowlands and Tidal Marshes
    I am using Merlin Bird ID.
    Here is a picture of the American Bittern
    IMG_0736.PNG

    And of the juvenile Night-Heron
    IMG_0735.PNG
     
    IPA, Oct 6, 2017
    #6
  7. Stephen T.

    brokensword Not all those who wander are lost

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2011
    Messages:
    821
    Likes Received:
    644
    Location:
    Michigan
    To my eye, looks suspiciously like a blue heron...I have pics of both bittern and black-crowned night-night and this doesn't look like either. As evidenced by IPA above.

    great-blue-heron-flight-mia-mcpherson-0655.jpg big-wave-2024-long-side-srgb-2964.jpg
     

    Attached Files:

    brokensword, Oct 7, 2017
    #7
  8. Stephen T.

    j.w I Love my Goldies

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Messages:
    24,464
    Likes Received:
    14,190
    Location:
    Arlington, Washington
    This is a Blue Heron. Think the beak is wrong and the neck tucked in is bulkier.

    [​IMG]
     
    j.w, Oct 7, 2017
    #8
  9. Stephen T.

    j.w I Love my Goldies

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Messages:
    24,464
    Likes Received:
    14,190
    Location:
    Arlington, Washington
    I think @IPA has it right as the Bittern.
    Speaking of the heron, he was pacing all around my pond the other day trying to climb the net and was squawking away like mad trying to figure a way in there. Last evening he was back on the roof overlooking the pond till I came out the front door and he flew away. He is one determined sucker!
     
    j.w, Oct 7, 2017
    #9
  10. Stephen T.

    IPA

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2017
    Messages:
    402
    Likes Received:
    248
    Location:
    63b Chesapeake-Pamlico Lowlands and Tidal Marshes
    @j.w , it's a shame in a way, in the natural environment they are such amazing birds but also such a menace to pond owners.
     
    IPA, Oct 7, 2017
    #10
    j.w likes this.
  11. Stephen T.

    j.w I Love my Goldies

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2010
    Messages:
    24,464
    Likes Received:
    14,190
    Location:
    Arlington, Washington
    Yep very cool birds and would never hurt one. I'll just make sure my net is good and solid so he/she can't get in there. Love watching them pace around my pond eyeballing all that sushi!
     
    j.w, Oct 7, 2017
    #11
    HARO likes this.
  12. Stephen T.

    saugeye tom

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2017
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    260
    Location:
    Huber heights ohio
    I just run a single fishing line all the way around the pond
     
    saugeye tom, Oct 7, 2017
    #12
  13. Stephen T.

    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2010
    Messages:
    33,218
    Likes Received:
    17,838
    Location:
    Frederick, Maryland
    I ran many fishing lines around the pond, it did not stop them. Lines over the pond, no good, the only thing that stopped them was the wide weave net I have hanging high over the pond.
     
    addy1, Oct 7, 2017
    #13
    HARO likes this.
  14. Stephen T.

    saugeye tom

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2017
    Messages:
    138
    Likes Received:
    260
    Location:
    Huber heights ohio
    Huh...left me alone for years
    ...coons on the other hand...
     
    saugeye tom, Oct 7, 2017
    #14
  15. Stephen T.

    Stephen T.

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2015
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    803
    Location:
    South Central Oregon
    Another pond I had was found by kingfishers. I had about 150 feeder goldfish in a 30-150 natural pond to control mosquitoes. It took the several kingfishers about 10 days to empty it! I haven't had any problems here. We are about 1200' from Agency Lake and so far, they've done their fishing there.
     
    Stephen T., Oct 7, 2017
    #15
    HARO likes this.
  16. Stephen T.

    CometKeith

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2010
    Messages:
    3,256
    Likes Received:
    2,712
    Location:
    Chicago Area
    My dentist has some relaxing videos to watch on tv while you are in the dentist chair. One is a beautiful Koi pond with lots of pretty fish and a Green Heron sitting on a rock next to them watching them. I tried to explain the problem with it, but they didn't really get it!
     
    CometKeith, Oct 7, 2017
    #16
    HARO and Nyboy like this.
  17. Stephen T.

    RobAmy

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2013
    Messages:
    2,886
    Likes Received:
    5,594
    Location:
    Rhode Island, USA
    Definitely a great blue heron
     
    RobAmy, Oct 7, 2017
    #17
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.