Wednesday Waterfowl of the Week–The Wiley Great Blue Heron

Herons are the Ichabod Cranes of the bird world. Maybe that’s where Washington Irving got the idea for his Sleepy Hollow teacher. Tall and lanky, they are about three feet long and have a wingspan of over six feet. They are found all over the western hemisphere, even on the Galapagos Islands. Some migrate, and some stay where they are, even wintering in the snowy northern climes.

I like the way they fish, waiting and wading through the shallow waters, searching for their sushi, which they stab with their sharp pointed beaks. They are a lesson in patience. They have few enemies. Whenever I see one, they look like they are about to fall asleep or deliver the Gettysburg Address. Maybe it’s the dim light–they look for food usually at dawn and dusk. Unlike Ichabod, I doubt that they would be afraid of a headless ghost!

About Scott

The founding member of Terra Cotta Music, Scott is a guitarist, composer, educator, writer, and avid hiker. His love for the outdoors, especially the beautiful trails of Sedona, Arizona has been a great source of creative inspiration. He believes that a close connection to nature brings comfort to our souls and spirits, and tries to capture and reflect that in his music and in this blog. You can email him at
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