The first time I saw a Green Heron it occurred to me to call the authorities immediately. I didn’t know what authorities, exactly, but I felt that someone should know that I had found a brand new bird. This bird is half again bigger than a Robin, maybe half the size of a crow. It has a 10-inch neck that magically disappears when standing, partly outstretches while flying or walking, and fully extends while nabbing a meal.
They’re not really all that rare, but I’ll see 300 Robins for every single Green Heron that happens by. Swampy areas with either really shallow water or logs to perch on and hunt from are where you’ll find them.
It turns out that the Green Heron is not a new bird; I’m glad I didn’t call anybody.