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This Month in the Newton Conservators Almanac

June

 
 
Photo by Cathi Gilmore

GREEN HERON, Butorides virescens

A Green Heron is a slender, long-legged bird found standing upright at the water’s edge in ponds in the Newton Cemetery or at Dolan Pond. It may be partly hidden in reeds, but it often remains out in the open, waiting patiently for a frog or small fish to come within range. It also perches on a rock or low tree branch above the water, its green coloring on its back and wings visible only in good light. Otherwise it has an overall dark appearance, with its long, greenish-yellow legs. It is one of a few birds that has learned to drop a twig or feather in the water as a lure to catch fish.

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Nature of New England

Internet Bird Collection

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