Documentation of Little Blue Heron

Observer Information

Reporter:  Kay Rasmussen   
Other Observers:  None

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Little Blue Heron
First Date/Time:  6/6/2013
Last Date/Time:  6/6/2013
Duration (total time in view):  15 minutes
County:  Arapahoe
Specific Location:  100 yards west of the Prairie Loop Bird Observatory on the south side of Cherry Creek State Park.
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Edge of mudflat to shallow lake shore.

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Binoculars Nikon 10x50 6.5 degree
Sony A77 Camera with Telephoto Lens 70 to 200 2.8

Distance:  60 feet
Light:  Setting sun, good clear conditions

Description of the Bird

Bird was of similar size to the six Snowy Egrets and slightly larger than the Cattle Egret. They all flew in at the same time at the edge of the lake. The Little Blue Heron had a reddish brown neck and head and slate blue body. Have photo and observed through binoculars from about 60 feet away.
Behavior: All the birds were preening and calm.
Call: None
Plumage: Breeding

Similar Species Discussion

Eliminated Great Blue, too small, wrong color. Looked exactly like Little Blue Herons from my days in Kansas.

Resources Used

Sibley's Guide, Stoke's Guide, and Smithsonian Field Guide. All used after sighting while reviewing enlarged photos.

Previous Experience

New this bird was different the moment I saw it.


Notes made DURING observation

Additional Information

Comments: Photo says it all.
Time: 7:27:53 PM
Other Dates:
Nearest Town: Centennial
Independent Observers: I am the original finder/observer.

Date Documentation Submitted

6/18/2013 6:52:00 PM
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