If I had to choose one heron to be my favorite, it would have to be the Green Heron. This small, unobtrusive heron of wooded swamps and marshes, is always a pleasure to spot and watch for a bit as they patiently stalk frogs.
This particular bird was a bit unusual, in that we found it a small bay off the upper Hudson River near Ft. Edward, Washington County, a site where General Electric has been forced by the Federal Government to clean up the PCB’s in the Hudson. It will be interesting to see how the bird life responds to this upheaval and changes to the water, especially since one of the only Osprey nests in Eastern New York is located near-by.
Also the date, this bird was found during the 1st week of October. With an increasing amount of “Indian Summers”, one wonders how much longer it will be before Green Heron becomes a regular on upstate Christmas Counts.