Date: 5/5/18 4:09 pm
From: Gregory Hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] hybrid heron ALERT!
Folks,

The now (in)famous Little Blue X Tricolored Heron at Hammonasset (usually
in the Boulder Pond) is now being seen (and misidentified as an adult
Little Blue) on a daily basis. This is a very interesting and long-staying
summer resident at Hammo, so it's worth getting to know. There are good
photos on eBird by Gail Martino and others.

Key features: 1/ Uniform head and body color (as opposed to contrasting
purplish head and neck on adult Little Blue) 2/ inconspicuous white areas
on the "thighs," as small spots on the throat and sometimes visible on a
folded wing. 3/ long powerful-looking beak.

Lighting can make 1/ tricky to perceive; posture and lighting can obscure
2/; and 3/ is somewhat subjective. Slow down and look carefully. Little
Blues may also be present

Greg Hanisek
Waaterbury
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