Little Blue Heron time?
It's not even August yet, but we've had two juvenile Little Blue Herons in Ontario this "fall" --- the bird at Holiday Beach and the bird at the Mosaic Ponds near Rock Point!
And my sources tell me, this isn't a fluke event... Here's a nearby rundown of LBHE's and other rarities:
Indiana: - Little Blue Heron reported at the extreme NW corner of the state on Lake Michigan... Along with reports of 3-4 birds (together) at multiple locations in the "northern half" of the state!
Other recent rarities in the state include: Swallow-tailed Kite and Neotropic Cormorant!
Illinois: At least 3 birds have been seen in the state near Lake Michigan over the last few weeks.
Other recent rarities include a Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Michigan: to my knowledge, the state has been quite on the Little Blue front (for now)... (maybe 1 on ebird?)
Yet the "other recent rarities" include the insane Point Moo site just seconds from Ontario - hosting White-faced, Glossy and WHITE Ibis recently, along with Snowy & Cattle Egrets..
Ohio: has had at least 11 Individual LBHE reports on ebird near (or on) Lake Erie in the past few weeks. Along with numerous individuals further south in the state (again, 3-4 together at a time).
Recent rarities include: a surprise GRAY FLYCATCHER on Lake Erie....
New York at least 2 Little Blue Herons in the "finger lakes" area...
Recent rarities include the nutty Sandwitch Tern, not too far from Ontario! (Not far at all --- on Lake Ontario):
Not to mention a Black-bellied Whistling Duck that is only about 5km away from the Ontario border!
No new drought map until Thursday, although there seems to be a change in our jet stream pattern that is suddenly teasing us with rain and north winds here in Ontario ---- but the drought map will show how far-reaching this change was.. Things in the US "bread basket" could still be nice and toasty - and hopefully we continue to see some increases in Herons...
Heck most of the rarities at Pte Moo in MI (eg,/ White Ibis) seemed to have moved around a bit.. When was the last time someone checked the dusk roost at Holiday Beach for this bird??
Flying Fish Photos: (i personally think these are amazing):
Let us know if you find a Little Blue Heron that looks like this.......