Against a clear blue sky this morning (Saturday 9/3/16), this great blue heron flew over the east end of Clark Lake, heading in a southerly direction.  In flight, this bird provides a remarkable appearance as it is one of the largest birds to show up in our state.  They eat about anything that they can get a hold of–fish, snakes, and ducklings.  If you have a small fish pond in your yard, they are notorious for raiding goldfish or whatever species you may have.  Great blue herons migrate, but some stragglers remain behind and can be seen in the winter here.

DSC_9880_808 Photo: Rick Belcher

And the much smaller cousin this afternoon at the lake–the green heron.