[CT Birds] Tranced Heron

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Tue Aug 25 20:32:03 EDT 2009

Hi Dennis,
I have on occasion seen herons - mostly great blue herons - in this (or a similar) pose.  It's a strange pose at that, almost looks like some "sun salutation" yoga pose with the wings held out to the sides from the "hips".  
Frank MantlikStratford

--- On Tue, 8/25/09, Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net> wrote:

From: Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] Tranced Heron
To: "Posting Bird List" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 8:11 PM

HI Folks

I was down at Ash Creek Bridgeport to check out the reported Golden Plovers (not seen) and had a strange sight. I saw this Yellow-crowned Night-Heron standing in a side channel with its wings distended. The disposition  of the wings reminded me of a dead duck being held up by the neck and the wings dangling. I thought the bird was dead and being held up by a wire it got tangled in. Another YCNH was a couple of feet away and paid it no attention. Then all of a sudden, the bird pulled it wings up and shook its head and stood there like normal! I guess the bird either dozed off or was in a trance! Go figure.

Dennis Varza

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