Monday, October 04, 2021

Is That A Real Heron?

 We went out for our big neighborhood walk the other day and saw what appeared to be a Great Blue Heron on a garage roof. 

But it wasn't just any garage roof. It was the garage on the property where there had been a fake pig on their front steps. Remember the fake pig, our sweet little Oinky who is no longer there?

Here's Oinky, in case you have forgotten. So I had to take a closer look at the Heron to see if it was real of if they had found another great little piece of art to fool and enchant the neighbors.


I zoomed in to take a closer look. No movement. Just a very still little statue of a bird. Mmm? Interesting little beauty. 

Then it did something the little fake pig Oinky never did. The heron moved while we were looking at it. It turned around as if to say, "Are you crazy? Of course I'm real."

And then it took off to make its point as clear as possible. 

We shouted out, 'Thank you for the laugh, beautiful Heron. And if you, see Oinky, please tell her we said hello!"

 

28 comments:

  1. Our Grey Herons often stand on roofs like that, especially if the house has a fishpond in the garden! They catch and eat surprisingly big fish, but a pig might be a bit hard to swallow.

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    1. John-- Yes, I think Oinky would have been much too big for this heron to swallow. We've seen herons on the roof of a local church (actually across the street from this house). They must like the neighborhood.

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  2. It does look a bit like a weather vane or something! I didn't realize Oinky had gone missing. :(

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    1. Steve-- I did think weather vane as well. Although I really did suspect it was a very real heron. We miss Oinky!

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  3. Nice find! There is a heron nesting tree near my house in suburbia, so I know they are perching birds at least part of the time, but I never would have expected to see one on the peak of a roof.

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    1. Paul-- I love knowing you have a heron nesting tree near your house. We pass by an egret nesting site on our way into Eureka. So much activity. We've seen herons on the roof of the church across the street from this house. Interesting bird they are.

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  4. Hmmmm ... Where could Oinky be? How odd for a Great Blue Heron to land on a house and perch there. How funny that it turned around so completely in the way it did and flew away! Oinky looks like he has a sense of humor, too. And now I'm remembering the egret sitting with the cows in your neighborhood and Colette writing about the cattle egrets that ride on the backs of cows. Love your walks around the neighborhood.

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    1. am-- We wonder about Oinky too. We thought they moved have moved her when they were having the house roofed, but she never came back. Yes, the egrets and herons do like cow county.

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  5. And if pigs do fly? What a fun sight of the heron!

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    1. Barbara-- You made me laugh. Thank you for that!

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  6. That's a fun story, Robin Andrea! Thanks for the morning smile!

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    1. EllenD-- So glad you liked the story. I was hoping it would make people smile and laugh.

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  7. After the Oinky episode, I can see your hesitation. So glad the Heron flew off and I hope Oinky didn't meet with any foul play.

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    1. Patti-- You never know, sometimes people do such funny things. I suspected this was a real heron, but I really had to check. We're hoping Oinky shows up again.

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  8. I can see how you would be fooled wondering if it was real or not, so far away and they can be so motionless.

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    1. ellen-- I suspected this was a real heron, but knowing the home owners' affection for fake critters, I just had to make sure.

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  9. Herons can stand absolutely still for a long time so they could give the impression of a statue.

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    1. Red-- It's true, herons really can stand still for a long time. It makes them very stealthy hunters.

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  10. Ha! I was starting to think it might be the abode of an artist who made realistic renderings of natural life.

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    1. 37paddington-- I love your idea, the home of an artist. I did not consider that. Wonderful!

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  11. Great pictures. And that heron just found a nice high vantage point from which to scan the horizon. And the crazy locals taking pictures of him!

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    1. Catalyst-- I love your perspective! Yes, the heron was posing for us, the crazy locals, to photograph him.

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  12. There is a tradition in UK to have a straw animal on top of a thatched roof...often a fox. A friend of mine arranged for a straw Beagle dog ( their beagle had recently died)to go on the top of her Mother's thatched roof! If you google "fox on thatched roof" you can find some photos.

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    1. Frances-- Thank you so much for this. I've just been looking at photos of foxes on thatched roofs. What a wonderful tradition you have there. This is the best part of blogging, learning new stuff like this. So much gratitude.

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  13. While taking the photos I showed today I passed a load of ducks swimming on the lake which were not the normal mallards you see, they spooked very easy and flew off. At the end was a grey heron who watched me get near before flying off also. Just great to see them on the lake

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    1. Billy-- I love that you saw those ducks and a grey heron there. Your photos of the lake today were so beautiful.

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  14. I would have wondered the same about the heron, Robin, after knowing about the pig.

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    1. Beatrice-- Yes, we have to check after knowing about that pig!

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