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Hello!  We're having trouble identifying this bird that we saw on a walk today (31MAY), and would appreciate any help.

Identifiers and other information:

Cape Cod, MA, USA

Sandy/marshy edge of kettle pond (small lake) surrounded by protected forest land

Early afternoon, overcast and damp, but not actively raining, late spring (31MAY)

Long, straight beak - a bit longer than head (but not as long as head combined with very long neck)

1-1.5ft tall including neck

Distinct crest on head, possibly rectractable (poor quality picture linked below does not show crest)

Wingspan also 1-1.5ft, solid gray wings

Bright yellow/yellow-orange legs

Mostly brown (brown-black?) solid colored body and neck - no obvious white or other streaks

Quick runner over short distance - eventually flew across lake only a foot or two above the surface.

Image: https://pasteboard.co/K4upQaw.jpg

 

 

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13 hours ago, AdamM said:

Hello!  We're having trouble identifying this bird that we saw on a walk today (31MAY), and would appreciate any help.

Identifiers and other information:

Cape Cod, MA, USA

Sandy/marshy edge of kettle pond (small lake) surrounded by protected forest land

Early afternoon, overcast and damp, but not actively raining, late spring (31MAY)

Long, straight beak - a bit longer than head (but not as long as head combined with very long neck)

1-1.5ft tall including neck

Distinct crest on head, possibly rectractable (poor quality picture linked below does not show crest)

Wingspan also 1-1.5ft, solid gray wings

Bright yellow/yellow-orange legs

Mostly brown (brown-black?) solid colored body and neck - no obvious white or other streaks

Quick runner over short distance - eventually flew across lake only a foot or two above the surface.

Image: https://pasteboard.co/K4upQaw.jpg

 

 

That's an excellent desciption!  I suspect many who responded were pretty sure it was a Green Heron before they saw the phoot.

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