blue heron


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 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, "APS, TEP ask customers to cut power use until 8 p.m. to avoid possible blackouts," 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, "10 Common Parasites and Diseases Found in Game Fish (and What You Need to Know About Them)," 27 May 2020 The island is home to more than two hundred species of birds, including kestrels, great horned owls, and little blue herons. Elisabeth Eaves, The New Yorker, "The Risks of Building Too Many Bio Labs," 18 Mar. 2020 Mysterious ploppings, splashings, groanings and crashings emanated from waters shrouded by the dense stands of palm and mangrove, and blue herons and great white egrets soared and settled again in the pink tinted vapor rising around us with the sun. Nina Burleigh, New York Times, "Tears for the Magnificent and Shrinking Everglades, a ‘River of Grass’," 27 Jan. 2020 Little blue heron, a typical bird of the Gulf coasts, is now fairly common in Illinois wetlands, Miller says. Cindy Dampier,, "Climate change threatens two-thirds of bird species, a new report says. Find out what that looks like in your ZIP code," 11 Oct. 2019 Great egrets and snowy egrets, along with blue herons, and the inevitable coot, seem to be year-round residents. Tom Stienstra,, "80-mile Bay Trail inches closer to reality," 30 Jan. 2020 Look for mule deer and blue herons on this trek, once known as the Gateway to the Narrows. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 And a blue heron made of aluminum forecast a drizzly, overcast day. oregonlive, "Portland’s whimsical Weather Machine has been forecasting from Pioneer Courthouse Square since 1988," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of blue heron

1565, in the meaning defined above

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30 Aug 2020

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“Blue heron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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