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Birds Connect Our World Day 22

Birds Connect Our World Day 22

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with Us in our ” BirdsConnect Our World” Edition! Every day, learn something new about a migratory bird. You can color coloring pages, solve puzzles, or do other activities. Enjoy nature at home with your family by downloading for free

Migratory bird of the day Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron, a wading bird that can reach 6 feet in length, is a magnificent specimen. They can reach 4 feet or more with their long, lanky necks and legs. This heron is the largest in North America and the Caribbean. This bird is grayish-blue overall with a large, sharp yellow bill. The black stripes run from the top of the eye to the back and lead to short black plumes. The crown is white for adults, while it is gray or mixed with gray for juveniles.

Great Blue Herons fly at a slow, deep wing beat. Their long necks are often tucked in but their long legs trail behind. You can also see the contrast between the black feathers on their wings and the gray plumage of the rest of the wings and back. The Great Blue Heron also has a white race, the “Great White Heron”, which is similar to the Great Egret but larger and with a longer bill. It also has pale legs. Texas Birds

The Great Blue Heron is a bird with a wide range

The Great Blue Heron can be found in most of North America and is present all year round on many Caribbean islands, such as the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. The Great Blue Herons are mostly winter visitors to the region. However, they can be found on most of the islands between October and April.

Great Blue Herons can be found in freshwater and saltwater wetlands. They mostly eat fish but also small mammals, reptiles, and birds. They use their bill as a tweezer to grab smaller prey. Their dagger-like bills allow them to capture larger prey like frogs or fish and then swallow the whole prey. This handsome bird is often seen alone. You can see it waiting in shallow water for the right moment to grab a meal. Find out more about this species including its range and photos.

The Great Blue Heron is a color-loving bird!

Download the Migratory Birds of the West Indies Colouring Book page You can also look up photos online or in a field guide for the bird if you have one. Post your colored-in page online and tag us @BirdsCaribbean#WMBD2020Carib

Puzzle of the Day

To solve the puzzles, click on the images below. The puzzle can be made as simple or difficult as you wish. For example, it can have 6, 8, or 12 pieces for younger children or 1,024 for more experienced users.

Activity of Day

FOR KIDS -Blue Herons are found in wetland habitats. They have a varied diet. Have a look at the Great Blue Heron’s food web This shows the Heron’s food and the food it eats. Do you know how to label each level? Get the answers here.

FOR KIDS and ADULTS

You can take a walk in a wetland and look for Great Blue Herons or migratory ducks. To help identify birds, you can use a bird field guide and the FREE Merlin bird identification app.

Below are videos of Great Blue Herons wild. The first video shows Heron wrestling with and then eating a water snake. The second video shows the Great Blue Heron flying with its distinctive deep wingbeats. Visit MigratoryBirdDay.org to find out more about migratory bird conservation and threats.

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