An Oversized Visitor Frequents Riverside Cemetery

A Great Blue Heron flies in for a landing at the Riverside Cemetery in Waterbury. According to the Cornell University of Ornithology, "The largest and most widespread heron in North America, the Great Blue Heron can be found along the ocean shore or the edge of a small inland pond. An all white form is found from southern Florida into the Caribbean, and used to be considered a separate species, the Great White Heron.

   Although the Great Blue Heron eats primarily fish, it is adaptable and willing to eat other animals as well. Several studies have found that voles (mice) were a very important part of the diet, making up nearly half of what was fed to nestlings in Idaho. Occasionally a heron will choke to death trying to eat a fish that is too large to swallow." Photograph by John Murray