August 23, 2020

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Of all the dinosaurs in our back yard, Great Blue Herons take the prehistoric prize. First, they can pose motionless for an eon, not blinking once in 600 million years, despite hungry tyrannosauruses, deer flies, and, oh yeah, incoming asteroids. Secondly, when they do decide to take a step, they move with all the speed and deliberateness of a piedmont glacier. Third, they keep their incredibly long, jack-in-the-box necks coiled up in some secret ancient compartment only a trained, and lucky, archeologist could ever exhume. And finally have you ever heard the melodically wanting song of the Great Blue? A wonderful composition of grunts, squawks and croaks that has easily sat atop the Pterodactyl Top Ten since the Triassic