blue heron

noun

Definition of blue heron 

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

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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 Little blue herons and snowy egrets were up 62 and 54 percent. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Record rain led to bonanza year for Florida’s wading birds. Just not in the right places | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 Kayak and canoe trails on the bay side dart among mangroves and into sea grass flats where blue heron perch and feed. Katherine Rodeghier, chicagotribune.com, "Florida's Pinellas County beaches offer stretch of sand for every mood," 5 Feb. 2018 The grave is decorated with a lavender plant and lemon balm and a metal blue heron stands guard overlooking an open field with no structures in sight. Lynne Terry, OregonLive.com, "Oregon's Death with Dignity: barriers remain 20 years later," 27 Oct. 2017

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1565, in the meaning defined above

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