Little Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron are somewhat rare in Connecticut, but I have seen them on nests out in the rookery on Cockenoe Island, so don’t be surprised if you run across one or more feeding in the grassy area adjacent to the two small ponds near the Nature Center, especially after heavy rains have soaked the ground and driven worms to the surface. This is a particularly bright specimen in breeding plumage. Look also for the all-white immature Little Blue, as well as the “pied” immature, with its blotchy combination of the juvenile white feathers, and the slate-blue adult feathers that are beginning to replace them.
June 6, 2003