Great Blue Heron
here to hear it
We no longer have resident
Great Blue Herons at Kaweah Oaks Preserve. They have not nested in the
California Sycamores for many years. We are hoping they will return. You
can watch them hunt for small rodents in the Alkali Meadow or in the ditches
during the wet season. They often are observed flying overhead.
The Great Blue Heron is
a wading bird with long legs, neck and bill. The head is largely white
with a dark crown stripe, underparts are dark, shoulders, wings and rump
are bluish-gray. The average length is 38" from tip of bill to tip
of tail (measured in hand-held, natural position). The average wing-span
is 70". The alarm call is a series of about four hoarse squawks.
When hunting, Great Blue
Heron walks slowly through shallows or tall grass or stands with head hunched
on shoulders. They fly with their long necks folded. They do
Great Blue Heron is found
year round in the California (except arid and mountainous regions).
Fresh and salt water areas.
They feed on aquatic animal life in shallow water, field mice and small