Great Blue Heron in Winter

great blue heron wading in water
Great blue heron. Image by terrysartifacts from Pixabay

Appearance: Great blue herons are enormous waterbirds about 45-55″ long. They have a large body with blue/gray feathers, long legs, a white face with a black streak on the cheek and crown, a long pointy orange bill, and a curvy neck which they often curl into the shape of an “S”.

Winter diet: Fish, frogs, salamanders, turtles, snakes, insects, small mammals, and birds.

Winter feeder food: They don’t visit feeders.

Winter habitat: In winter, great blue herons remain in their year-round range which includes most of the US and some migrate south into Mexico. They prefer calm freshwaters, rivers, and shallow coastal areas.

Range Map

Great blue heron range map.
Great blue heron range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.