blue heron

noun

Definition of blue heron

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

Examples of blue heron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web South Coast: There was a little blue heron, a sandwich tern and a willow flycatcher in Fairhaven. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2021 Middlesex County: Reports included a white ibis and three orchard orioles at the Heard Conservation Area in Wayland, a little blue heron in Westford, and a Caspian tern in Wakefield. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Greater Boston: Observers spotted a little blue heron at Belle Isle in East Boston, 12 Wilson’s storm-petrels in Boston Harbor, and an alder flycatcher at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 On Cape Cod, highlights included a summering brant and a little blue heron at Forest Beach in Chatham, a black skimmer in Dennis, and an American golden-plover and a seaside sparrow at Nauset Marsh in Eastham. BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2021 But exploring the mudflats and communing with pelicans, seagulls and the occasional blue heron help Millie cope with the many challenges facing her and her family, not to mention the rest of the world. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2021 Moxi on the Rocks is named after a nickname given to a blue heron that Nenortas and Fattibene saw at the mill. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 17 Mar. 2021 In the summer of 2004, the Phoenix area was forced to conserve power when a blue heron's droppings caused a minor outage on a power line in the West Valley in June. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 18 Aug. 2020 Red worm is another form of round worm that’s transmitted through bird feces to fish, which pass it back to fish-eating birds like cormorants, mergansers, and blue herons. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of blue heron

1565, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2021

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“Blue heron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20heron. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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