Avi’s Blue Heron

“Maggie walked back to the cottage, entered with caution, and climbed into the loft. As she lay in her bed she kept thinking of the heron. How beautiful it was. How magical. Never before had she experienced such a sense of magic, real magic.‎” – Blue Heron, Avi

One of my favorite childhood books, Avi’s Blue Heron tells Maggie’s fascination with the habits of the blue herons at a summer cabin on the lake.    In 2003, I had an opportunity to share some of Maggie’s experiences when I worked at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center.  During freetime, I would take a kayak to explore the creek and follow the herons as they silently stalked their prey.  It was definitely magic.

Which is why I was so excited when birding on the 15th to see so many herons!  Unfortunately, we came across one dead heron (really?! who sees a dead heron?) but we also saw three live ones.  We found the first two at Deer Path Park in Readington, NJ and the other two we witnessed at Cushetunk Lake in Whitehouse Station.

While the other half of the party focused on two bizarre looking Canada Geese. I marveled at the majestic manner in which the great blue heron slipped through the water.  I saw twice, the heron snatch at fish.  Unfortunately my camera was in the car, otherwise I might have tried for decent photos.  I did get one with my phone.


Great Blue Heron fishing at Deer Park.

Rockafellows Mill Road:
Canada Goose
Common Merganser
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed hawk
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Tree Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
Assiscong Marsh:
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Northern Pintail
Turkey Vulture
Ring-billed Gull
Blue JayDeer Path Park:
Great Blue Heron
Northern Flicker
Canada Goose

Lake Cushetunk:
Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Great Blue Heron (2)
Belted Kingfisher

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