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Staying Put at Lathrop: Great Blue Herons

by Barbara Walvoord

First published in Lathrop Lamp Post, Dec.  8-14, 2017

Along Bassett Brook the other day, Sharon and I surprised a great blue heron. Though more northerly blue herons migrate, Massachusetts herons stay put.  Their secret is flexibility.

Great blue herons eat mostly fish.  They stand or stroll along the shore or in shallow water, watching for movement, and then spearing the fish with their beaks and swallowing it whole.  They may choke on a too-big fish.

When shallow ponds freeze, a great blue will move to flowing water in Bassett Brook or Pine Brook, and if those freeze, then Continue reading Staying Put at Lathrop: Great Blue Herons