[CT Birds] Hammo Hybrid Heron

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Thu May 16 21:40:36 EDT 2013


I am not sure if this is the same bird i had this evening.  

Mark 

On May 16, 2013, at 9:35 PM, Bob MacDonnell <bob at macdonnellphoto.com> wrote:

> Here is a link to my pictures of the hybrid heron from this morning, along with a couple reference shots of LBH, Tricolored and one of last years hybrids. Also, forgot to mention Red-eyed Vireo and Blue-headed Vireo at Willard's this a.m.
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> http://bobmacdonnell.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/hybrid-heron
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> Bob MacDonnell
> Niantic
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> Quoting Mark Szantyr <birdinggeek at gmail.com>:
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>> I saw a bird that is possibly the bird Bob saw this morning and it is certainly one of the hybrid Tricolored X Little Blue Herons, now returning for the third year. This bird looks roughly like a little blue but has a slightly muted pale stripe down the throat and ventral surface of the neck, all dark underparts with contrasting white thighs.
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>> The bird spent all 1.5 hours i observed it in the pools and marsh east of the Nature Center.
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>> Again, these birds represent the first documentation anywhere of this hybrid combination and it is incredibly fortunate to have documented the plumage changes and transitions in their first three years.
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>> This is the good stuff!
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>> I will post photos and video later
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>> Mark
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>> On May 16, 2013, at 2:45 PM, Bob MacDonnell <bob at macdonnellphoto.com> wrote:
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>>> In addition to a nice fallout on Willard's Island, I saw and photographed what looks like a hybrid Little Blue x Tri-colored Heron this morning in the Meig's Point pond. Overall, more mottled looking than LBH with white feathers in the under wing, very long two-tone bill and dull yellowish legs. It landed near 2 LBHs and then was chased away by one of them. I will try to post some pix tonight.
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>>> My List for Willard's Island
>>> Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, Am. Redstart, B&W, Magnolia, No. Parula, BT Blue (all plentiful) Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Canada, Chestnut-sided (individuals), Ovenbird (heard only), RB Nuthatch, Swainson's Thrush, Scarlet Tanager (4), Baltimore Oriole (4+), Willow Flycatcher (2), Marsh Wren (2), Carolina Wren, Swamp Sparrrow
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