Looking for a snack
Area nature photographer, Cis Pecarich, found this Green Heron looking for a snack near Grand Oaks Drive in Baxter in late July.
According to the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas, the Green Heron is primarily a species of the eastern United States and the Pacific Coast, it's also a regular breeding resident of Minnesota.
The Atlas mentions, "Northern populations are medium-distance migrants that spend winters along the coasts of the southeastern United States and Mexico and in the Caribbean Islands."
Green Heron's rely principally on small fish as a food source, but aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates are also eaten, as well as amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals.
Most often the Green Heron is a solitary nester but some birds can be found nesting in small, loose colonies. Their nest is typically a platform of small twigs usually placed in a tree or shrub close to water.
Source: Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas - https://mnbirdatlas.org/
The Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas Website was a collaborative project led by Audubon Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, Natural Resources Research Institute. Major funding was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).