blue heron

noun

Definition of blue heron

: either of two herons with bluish or slaty plumage especially : great blue heron

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The course is named after the blue herons that constantly occupy the sky. oregonlive.com, "20 accessible golf courses you should play in Oregon," 14 June 2019 Not just bald eagles, but fish-eaters like osprey and blue heron also once died out on the James. Tamara Dietrich, baltimoresun.com, "Bald eagles have come back from the dead in the Chesapeake Bay," 13 July 2019 At Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, a hooded merganser, a little blue heron, and a sora were spotted. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 23 June 2019 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge there was a brant, four least bitterns, a little blue heron, a glossy ibis, and five purple finches. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 7 July 2018 Juvenile little blue herons are half the size of a great egret. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "You’ll have no regrets in search for egrets – and herons, too," 11 July 2018 There also was some debate over whether the bird depicted is a pelican or a blue heron. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Art enthusiasts celebrate, build camaraderie at ‘ArtFeel Live’ in The Woodlands," 29 June 2018 And there are also blue herons and egrets that might prey on the small hatchlings. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'Turtle champions' determined to rebuild endangered Blanding's population in Lake County area," 30 May 2018 Two islands off the Milford and Westbrook shorelines have been closed to the public to protect key nesting habitat for snowy egrets, great egrets, glossy ibis and little blue herons, state environmental officials announced Wednesday. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Islands Off Milford, Westbrook Closed To Protect Nesting Birds," 23 May 2018

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1565, in the meaning defined above

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