22nd December 2014

Another bird that is easy to spot all year round in most of the UK is the (Grey) Heron. This wonderful, ancient-looking bird which stands about 130 cm’s tall and’ next to the Mute Swan, is our second biggest native bird, tends to be solitary in winter. Its varied diet helps it survive, taking fish, frogs and newts, small mammals and birds. The only conditions which really threaten it are periods of severe cold, when it can’t find the food it needs. It will then tend to migrate to coastal areas, as the Kingfisher will, or further south to warmer climes. Populations can be decimated if severe conditions continue. However in mild winters it can begin courtship and breeding as early as February. Around 63,000 birds overwinter in the UK and because they are well adapted to city, town,parkland or country it is always worth looking out for one, either patiently standing waiting for a fish to pass by or with its unique, lazy flight, passing overhead. Conditions: Another very mild, windy and often wet day. Temperature: Max 12- Min 10c.

Grey Heron in typical stalking pose

Grey Heron in typical stalking pose

Heron, neck extended, patiently waiting.

Heron, neck extended, patiently waiting.

Heron on the River Don, under Lady's Bridge

Heron on the River Don, under Lady’s Bridge

Heron resting on a factory roof in the centre of Sheffield

Heron resting on a factory roof in the centre of Sheffield

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