April 2023

Vol. 51, No. 2

Field Notes: Great Blue Takes a Swim

Kathleen M. Buckley and Jeffrey Boone Miller

Have you ever seen a bird doing something so unexpected that it took a few moments to sort out what you were seeing? On July 3, 2022, at 10:00 am, we had that type of experience at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As we walked past a witch hazel shrub near a bench at the southwest corner of Willow Pond, we caught sight of a large bird floating in the water about thirty feet from the western edge of the pond. It took us a few moments of squinting, but we finally convinced ourselves we were seeing a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) that was swimming—not wading—in the pond.

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