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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

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Jim B160

Sanibel shore bird

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Not sure where Sanibel is. Looks like a heron and I would guess a Great Blue Heron though I can't really seen any other details. A much closer cropped photo would help.

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My problem exactly. When I first saw it, I thought definite GBH. It is not white, for sure. The are lots of egrets and GBH at Sanibel right now. Lots more egrets than GBH. This one was by itself. If it is an egret, it’s a big one. 

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The only egret I would think would be a reddish. They can look similar to the great blue heron but that reddish neck can stand out and they love the beach. I can't really tell from this picture though. 

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Jim:

The term "shorebird" is, in birding, used strictly for what the Brits call "short-legged waders" -- the various and sundry members of the bird families Charadriidae (plovers), Haematopodidae (oystercatchers), Recurvirostridae (avocets, stilts), Jacanidae (jacanas), Scolopacidae (sandpipers), and some other related families that do not occur in the US and Canada.  The various herons, egrets, ibis, etc. are not considered "shorebirds" in the US and Canada and are what the Brits call "long-legged waders."

Yes, Great Blue Heron (no hyphens; there is only one "Great" bird of regular occurrence in the US and Canada that has a hyphen immediately after the "Great" -- Great-tailed Grackle).

 

Tony Leukering

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