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Develop With Care Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons are found throughout British Columbia, near lakes and coastal areas. They may nest individually, or in heronries (colonies) with tens or sometimes hundreds of birds, and typically return to the same nesting areas year after year. Herons lay 2–5 eggs, usually between February and April, which hatch in about 30 days. The parents share the duties of incubating the eggs and feeding the young. At two months old the young are able to fly and seek food. A heron’s diet
consists mainly of small fish, but they will also eat shellfish, insects, rodents, amphibians (mostly frogs), reptiles, and small birds. Herons may live to be 17 or more years old.

Develop with Care Fact Sheet #11 - Herons

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