• Tri-Colored Heron

    Common NameTri-Colored Heron
    Scientific NameEgretta tricolor
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation04/29/2017
    Media
    • Other Documentation of Observation
    • Other Documentation of Observation
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameRich Kelley
    Mailing Address17 Hog Island Rd
    Swanton, VT 05488
    United States
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    Date Completed05/07/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Multiple sightings, I'm not sure who else, if anyone, submitted this form

    Latitude of Observation43.661402
    Longitude of Observation-73.192284
    Place NameCrystal Beach Park
    TownshipCastleton
    CountyRutland
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day11:50 AM
    Length of Time Observed20ish minutes
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)500
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)150
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Overcast, humid, relatively calm

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    8x40 binos, 20-60 spotting scope, 300mm camera lens

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Reviewed field guide prior to visit, based on previous reports of bird being in area

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    Description of Habitat

    Small creek / inlet off the main lake, shallow

    Behaviors Observed

    First observed in tree farther out on point, flew around and into creek, waded and poked around in there for 15 or so minutes before flying off again. Flew off around the point just north of Crystal beach park and landed on a dock on the north side of the point.

    Park workers were setting out picnic tables at the time, and their noise may have scared the bird off

    Description of Vocalizations

    Did not hear any

    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    First observed in tree farther out on point, flew around and into creek, waded and poked around in there for 15 or so minutes before flying off again. Flew off around the point just north of Crystal beach park and landed on a dock on the north side of the point.

    Park workers were setting out picnic tables at the time, and their noise may have scared the bird off

    Relative Size & Shape

    Noticeably smaller than the Great Blue herons I usually see. About mid-way between them and a green heron. Generally darker than a GBH overall.

    Head

    Silhouette, and shape very similar to great blue, just proportionally smaller. Dark head, with longish white plume off the back

    Feet & Bill

    long dark bill, did not get a great look at legs

    Upper Back

    Bluish/brown

    Lower Back & Rump

    bluish/gray

    Wings

    long, bluish

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    light, almost cream colored

    Tail

    dark bluish/ gray

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    Smaller and somewhat different colors than a great blue heron, different colors than any egret

    Other Notes & Comments

    Numerous reports, bird had been previously located and reported prior to my visit

    This report was written from notes taken:During the Observation

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