Hard to believe how time has flown, but the16th DG annual photo contest has begun! Find the details here. Best wishes to all the entrants!!!


Brainerd, MN

Saw this while out fishing today. I have never seen it before. Sorry about the picture quality. When we pulled into the dock, there was another one flitting across the dock and into the woods. It had a black head, reddish brown neck and chest and bright yellow legs and feet.

Two pics total.

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Brainerd, MN

2nd pic

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West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

Green Heron Butorides virescens. I guess they're not called 'Little Green Heron' anymore.

Brainerd, MN

I saw that in my bird book but thought this guy looked too big. Thanks! He's quite the interesting looking creature.

Marlton, NJ

Congratulations sybil! Its so exciting to see something new!

Brainerd, MN

This also answers a question I have had for years. We hear a barking sound in the marshes. I thought maybe it was some kind of frog but, then I thought maybe some kind of duck made the noise. There is a blues band in Minneapolis called the Minnesota Barking Ducks. I thought the band had heard the sound, knew it to be a duck and thus, the name.


The green heron makes this sound.

Everyday, something new!

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