I am generally not a fan of the "greater" and "lesser" designations often used in bird taxonomy (who decided the greater prairie chicken was so much more special than the lesser?). I also feel that dandelions got a pretty raw deal when determined to be a weed. In any case, with herons the "great" designation fits perfectly; they are great in every sense of the word. As the Muppets of the bird kingdom, great blue herons can be as tall as my grandmother (around four and a half feet tall) and have twice her wingspan. Herons are seasonally monogamous but, like humans, often select new mates each spring. As can be seen from several of the photos in this project, the herons are busy building their nests so check back soon for pictures of their chicks.
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