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    Anybody up on their shorebird IDs?

    Hello

    Not plant-related, sadly.... my carnivores are actually very content for once (!)... but i know a bunch of you all are into wildlife so I was wondering if anyone knew what this fella was:



    sorry about the quality, its ridiculously zoomed in, i could barely see the bird from where i was standing even with 12x optical zoom on my camera- this is me zooming in even further on the computer. he was in Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Southampton, NY, not too far from the Peconic Bay/Noyack Bay (between the island's forks). from a distance i thought it was some kind of grebe or other waterfowl, but now that i got to zoom in on the computer it looks more like some kind of heron? any guesses?

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    I don't know what the bird is, but it looks like he/she is standing on a modified bluebird box. As a bluebird fanatic, I can only hope that that bird isn't using it as a home, and just stopping off for a quick breather.

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    i don't know if it was a bluebird box or meant for something more aquatic... it was standing in the middle of a pond. this guy just kind of flew in and perched there for 10 minutes or so, i expect he hunts in the pond... herons eat frogs and pond fish, right? this place was riddled with them. here's the un-zoomed pic if that helps:



    bluebirds are incredibly rare out here, i've never seen one. do they like water like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonflower View Post
    i don't know if it was a bluebird box or meant for something more aquatic... it was standing in the middle of a pond.
    lol, I'm sure it was not meant for bluebirds. Like I said, a "modified" box; bluebirds are actually pretty particular about such dwellings, so I'm sure that someone just threw something together to give a home to whatever will use it (I'm not up to speed on the aviary populations in New York, lol).

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    bluebirds are incredibly rare out here, i've never seen one. do they like water like that?
    Not like that they don't, lol!

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    It looks like a Green Heron to me.
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    Me and Elf both agreed instantly that is what it probably is, cool bird
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