Date: 9/15/20 10:43 am
From: Jeff Bray <jbray3928...>
Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Immature Little Blue Heron in San Diego Creek in Irvine
Went to see the bird and it seems to be a Little Blue, see my photos on the
eBird list

Jeff Bray
Irvine, CA

On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 10:40 AM James Pike <jimpike444...> wrote:

> Hi Will,
> As you know, the separation of Snowy Egret and Little Blue Heron juveniles
> can be very tricky. In my view, the yellow-green lores, yellow legs, and
> relatively slim bill look better for Snowy. Further, there appear to be
> downy feathers on the crown, implying that this is a recently fledged
> (local) bird. With tricky birds like this one, it is best to await an
> opportunity to photograph the tips of the outer primaries. Darkish tips
> would be diagnostic of a Little Blue Heron.
> regards, Jim Pike
> HB
> On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 8:41 AM Will Black via <will119=
> <> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I had an apparent Immature Little Blue Heron this morning on the San
>> Diego Creek bike trail between Alton and Main in Irvine at 33.6833859,
>> -117.8310131. If you are interested in seeing this bird, please be cautious
>> and cognizant that this is a highly trafficked section of the bike trail
>> with only a small area to stand off of the trail on gravel. Viewing was
>> very easy with only binoculars.
>> Field notes are as follows, photos on attached eBird checklist. Small
>> white heron with entirely yellow green legs and feet (all same color, no
>> darkening on legs, and no lightening or change in tone on feet), pale pink
>> beak at base leading to a slightly darker tip, lores light greenish-blue
>> hue, very light non-yellow eye. Potentially a slightly darker wing tip on
>> underside of wing when viewed from rear quarter of bird, but not clear
>> enough to be definitive. Plenty of Snowy egrets on this section of the
>> river to compare with, but none near enough for subtle comparisons.
>> Will Black
>> Irvine

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