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Is this a juvenile Green Heron?

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 I apologize for the poorer quality image, but this guy was chirping and moving through the reeds at Sunset Park, Corvallis Oregon about 9:15am in the morning.

I had previously asked about a larger bird that this forum identified as a Green Heron and wondered if this was a younger one. The beak has a little curvature and I couldn't tell exactly what the feet looked like, but here is the image anyway.

Any help on identifying this beautiful bird will be appreciated.

Thank you!

 

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11 minutes ago, Avery said:

Lucky! I have been within 5 feet of one and wasn't able to see it.

Then how do you know you were within five feet?

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1 minute ago, Kevin said:

Then how do you know you were within five feet?

I was standing right next to the patch of dense reeds it was hiding in, as it was loudly grunting. 

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Absolutely a Virginia Rail. In general birds keep bill shape from a young age, and Green Herons have straight bills.

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14 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

This is a juvenile Green Heron

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/246706241#_ga=2.206243795.1727884512.1593483325-334541348.1399337695

You can always check the eBird/Macualay photo archive for such things, just don't take the reported age and sex as gospel -- it's very often (usually?) incorrect.

Ah, I see!  Tony's "This..." refers to the link he posted, not to the bird in the original photo.

Misquoting Daffy Duck, "Direct object trouble!"

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14 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

This is a juvenile Green Heron

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/246706241#_ga=2.206243795.1727884512.1593483325-334541348.1399337695

You can always check the eBird/Macualay photo archive for such things, just don't take the reported age and sex as gospel -- it's very often (usually?) incorrect.

 

17 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Then someone needs to tell Cornell it's not a Virginia Rail.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Virginia_Rail/id

Virginia Rail Adult (Virginia)

I believe he is showing what a juvenile green heron looks like. Not saying this bird is one. 

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Just now, Connor Cochrane said:

I believe he is showing what a juvenile green heron looks like. Not saying this bird is one. 

Yeah, I just figured that out.

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1 hour ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Ah, I see!  Tony's "This..." refers to the link he posted, not to the bird in the original photo.

Misquoting Daffy Duck, "Direct object trouble!"

I read Tony's post last night and read it the same way as you did, Charlie. I thought Tony was disputing the Rail ID and referring to the bird in question when he stated "This is a juvenile Green Heron". 

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14 hours ago, lonestranger said:

I read Tony's post last night and read it the same way as you did, Charlie. I thought Tony was disputing the Rail ID and referring to the bird in question when he stated "This is a juvenile Green Heron". 

Did the same as the rest of you but caught my own mistake. He just needed one of these 👇   in his post.    :classic_laugh:

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