Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea

The first record for Europe (not including the Azores) was an immature bird that arrived in Ireland in October 2008. Later the same autumn another bird was reported in south Wales but despite many hundreds of hopeful birders scouring the estuary the following day it could not be re-found - unless, as I suspect, it was a misidentified Little Egret. Young birds are white like Little Egrets and there was one Little Egret present the next day which had green legs rather like those of immature Little Blue Heron.

In North America it is mainly confined to coastal states in the south and east - with just a few in California, mainly in the San Diego area.

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first-year Little Blue Herons, Ding Darling, Sanibel Island (Florida, USA), 16th April 2013

 

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adult Little Blue Herons, Ding Darling, Sanibel Island (Florida, USA), 16th April 2013

 

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first-year Little Blue Heron, Green Cay (Florida, USA), 25th April 2013

 

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adult Little Blue Heron, Loxahatchee (Florida, USA), 26th April 2013

 

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first-year Little Blue Heron, Long Beach Drive, Big Pine Key (Florida, USA), 19th April 2013

 

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adult Little Blue Heron, Mission Bay (California, USA), 19th April 2005

 

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adult Little Blue Heron, Bacon Street, San Diego (California, USA), 19th April 2005

 

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Little Blue Heron, De Anza Cove (California, USA), 19th April 2005

 

first-year Little Blue Heron, Tamiami Trail Loop Road (Florida, USA), 14th April 2013