[CT Birds] Hammo Hybrid Heron

Bob MacDonnell bob at macdonnellphoto.com
Thu May 16 21:35:58 EDT 2013

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.


Bob MacDonnell

Quoting Mark Szantyr <birdinggeek at gmail.com>:

> 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.
> The bird spent all 1.5 hours i observed it in the pools and marsh  
> east of the Nature Center.
> 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.
> This is the good stuff!
> I will post photos and video later
> Mark
> On May 16, 2013, at 2:45 PM, Bob MacDonnell <bob at macdonnellphoto.com> wrote:
>> 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.
>> 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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