For 2015, it is the Green Heron!
The Green Heron is one of my favourite species. It isn't large and showy like other members of the heron group is. In fact it is about the smallest of the ones here in North America. I find them very furtive, with such an intense, piercing look to its face. They seem almost neckless, until they dart out after a small fish or frog. I love hearing their distinctive 'call', a fairly quiet and slightly descending throaty 'kowwww', rather than the raucous croaks and kraaks of its much larger relatives. And as common and widespread as they are, they are surprisingly hard to find sometimes, especially when one is doing a big day and that box beside its name on the list sits unchecked at the end of the day. Yet at other times, they just pop into view and seem quite tolerant of people.
From a distance, depending on the light, they may look almost totally dark. But when seen up close, they are surprisingly colourful. The yellow on the facial area, the chestnut brown upper body, the dark green rest of the upper body, and the light and striped or fairly solid chestnut, depending on age, underside are an attractive combination.
So hats off to the ABA 2015 Bird of the Year!
|Green Heron successfully fishing|