24-B-2018 Green Heron

STATUS
Pending
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
1
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Craig Sklarczyk
OTHER OBSERVERS
Erik Schoenborn - eschoenborn1@gmail.com
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
Zone- 12
Northing- 0381385
Easting- 4778079
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
Dense willow brush on the edge of the Snake River
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
Observed for 3 minutes, 6:15am
49 degrees F, Wind: 1 on the beaufort scale, 10% sky cover,
6 meters away
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
Yes, later the same day
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
No, not at all
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
Whole bird seen, small heron bluish-green body, rusty throat
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Perching in willow spooked and flushed from bushes 6 meters ahead, agitated
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
Immediately, long neck, trailing feet dark primaries, long bill. Perched in willow with neck tucked in, bluish-green body with distinct rusty throat.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Rufus throat with no heavy streaking or prominent white on throat or body distinguished it from least bitten
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
Very familiar, birding for 5 years, partner birding 2 years in Idaho 6 years total, worked multiple point count season in Idaho
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
Birding for 5 years, intermediate expertise
Erik - birding 6 years, worked multiple point count season for The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
Video
Audio
SUPPORTING IMAGES