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Oct 31, 2012

Hardy bird

Photo by BarrytheBirder
This Great Blue Heron, preening itself, is one of many I saw today along the banks of the Holland Marsh canals, in northern King Township today.   The herons usually hang around until freeze-up before heading south.   In fact, if there are open patches of water to fish, the herons can sometimes be seen walking elsewhere on the water that has frozen over.   Such is their hardiness that some Great Blues often remain through cold north winters, as long as there is some access to open water and food.
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