Great Blue Heron

Sighted: November 3, 2014
Location: Glencoe Swale, Hillsboro, Oregon
Juvenile- 1st year
Gray overall, with dark crown

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Many children have strolled down my driveway over the years, but none like one I watched today. This juvenile Great Blue Heron seemed a bit unsure of itself and kept looking out to the wetland as if for reassurance.  I followed the heron’s gaze. Sure enough, an adult bird flew by… about 75 feet away out over the main body of the wetland.

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Despite the cue, the youngster remained transfixed- glued to its spot on the driveway.

The mature heron made another pass out over the wetland; this time, an action that released the immature bird.

Surveying along the edge of the driveway the heron searched for passage to the grassy swale.

Unable to find a way through the shrubbery … it took to wing and landed atop the street lamp for a better vantage point.

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Before long,  young wings found assurance in the air as it took flight up the wetland corridor…

along the same route taken by the grown Great Blue Heron.

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