It's a little chilly this morning, 39° tho the wind chill
makes it 33°, brr. But the forecast says the rain will hold
off until this evening, so I decide to walk west on the bike path
I thought this was Henrietta...
But the more I look at all the pics from today,
that's def not the same heron I have been seeing!
That dark blue patch at her shoulder is quite a bit bigger.
And now I'm looking at previous photos. oh my gosh! There
are def two Great Blue Herons at the creek!
This one, with the big blue
shoulder patch and another one with a very small patch.
And I've been calling them both Henrietta! haha!
I need to look into this! ***
I'm going out to the unnamed wetlands again.
There's nothing special here.
Or, I should say... I haven't yet discovered what's special
But I always seem to find some birds on the walk back!
There's a little flock of Bushtits.
As usual, they bounce around too quickly for me and the camera!
And a Spotted Towhee.
And some sparrows.
I turn off the bike path to walk thru Stewart Pond Park...
But we still don't have a pond yet.
It's still all prairie out here.
But there's a flock of Cackling Geese here, anyway. I'm
sure they would prefer to have some ponds here too.
Rain! Where are you, Rain?!
Okay. It's time to figure out who this really is!
I go clear back to the beginning...
I named Henrietta on Feb28,
and here's her pic from back then...
This is def the same heron that I saw today.
Big blue shoulder patches, plus you can see some of the dark
blue feathers underneath her wing too.
And here's a pic of the other Great Blue Heron I've been
We'll call her Not-Henrietta, for the moment!
Very small shoulder patch, and you can see some of the
cinnamon coloured feathers behind it too.
And it might be the angle or her stance, but I feel like
this heron is a bit more petite, and doesn't have as many
of those fancy feathers hanging down at her chest.
Not-Henrietta back in July...
So, she's been around... and been mixed up with Henrietta
for a good long while! Ha. It's funny! I'm glad I finally
And yes, I will go back thru the old posts and correct them!
(Looks like our first sighting
of Not-Henrietta was in June.)
And since I've seen her so many times, and can now identify
her in the future, I've decided to call her Knotty!
Knotty is in keeping with the
not theme of Not-Henrietta.
And when you say it out loud, it sounds like Naughty. She didn't
trick me on purpose, of course! But she is def messing with me!