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Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7004565
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Yep, Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). My mother always called them a Shitepoke too. *hit-stringer was a common nickname here as well. As Warrior stated, Florida does, indeed, have a white version called, aptly, a Great White Heron. They are most common around Florida Bay in the Everglades. When I was a younger fellow they were considered a separate specie, now those bird nerds say they are simply a color morph of a regular Great Blue.

About 15 years ago the All Purpose Boy and I were bowfishing one of the canals off Houghton Lake, not far from home. We saw a Great Blue Heron struggling along shore a short ways ahead of us. As we got up to the poor beast we found it was fighting to escape from a good sized snapping turtle. The turtle had it square by the Taint. My boy reached in a grabbed the turtle by the tail, and when he lifted it from the water it was left with a mouth full of taint feathers and the heron crawled weakly off into the bushes. That bird wouldn't have survived had we not come along. I sorta felt sorry for the turtle as well.


Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7004569
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We used to kill all the perch we caught and throw them out of the boat while panfishing...the Blue herons would eat them all.


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Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7004571
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That’s just one of a catfish farmers worst nightmares.

Re: What is this bird? [Re: Wanna Be] #7004589
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Originally Posted by Wanna Be
That’s just one of a catfish farmers worst nightmares.



Any pond owner too. I've had trouble with them for many years. Folks might be surprised how big of a fish they can eat.


Eh...wot?

Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7004596
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My cousin used to call them "Slough Pumpers". It's definitely a Blue Heron.


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Re: What is this bird? [Re: Trapper7] #7004718
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They aren't worth eating. They taste slightly better than hawk but lack the juicyness/flavor of horned owl.

Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7004733
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Taste about the same as a merganser. Don’t care for either!!

Re: What is this bird? [Re: Lugnut] #7004780
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Originally Posted by Lugnut
Originally Posted by Wanna Be
That’s just one of a catfish farmers worst nightmares.



Any pond owner too. I've had trouble with them for many years. Folks might be surprised how big of a fish they can eat.

I seen one eat a soft-shell turtle one time it, looked like a dinner plate going down that long skinny neck. laugh

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Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7004795
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They about cleaned out the panfish and crappie bass in my smaller pond. They eat the frogs too. I send the dogs after them when I see them.


Eh...wot?

Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7004824
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we call them George birds

Re: What is this bird? [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7004861
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Originally Posted by Paul Dobbins
You have to be really careful releasing them from a beaver snare. That beak is wicked.


#1ls as well. Who’d a thought that would hold one of those. I almost lost an eye. Turns out there’s a difference between cowering, and coiling! Lmao


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Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7004935
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This is one I photographed in Florida with a American eel. They can be very hard on the baby duck populations.

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Re: What is this bird? [Re: Trapset] #7004946
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Originally Posted by Trapset
Originally Posted by Paul Dobbins
You have to be really careful releasing them from a beaver snare. That beak is wicked.


#1ls as well. Who’d a thought that would hold one of those. I almost lost an eye. Turns out there’s a difference between cowering, and coiling! Lmao

Be aware , yes the beak is a good weapon but the aim is what gets you. They instinctively go for your eyes. To blind you or at least mess up your vision is a very effective strategy.
I had to remove one GBH coiled up in fishing line 5ft above the water as I was assisting a game officer. First thing I grabbed was it's upper neck to control it. Safety glasses or a face shield would be a good thing to wear getting near one like I did.


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Re: What is this bird? [Re: cohunt] #7005005
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Originally Posted by cohunt
Never heard anyone ever call a heron a shite poke. That is a common name for the least bittern or slough pump.

Lol most of Maine does.

Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7005127
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They taste like a cross between an eagle and a snowy egret . Nothing like chicken.

Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7005159
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Great Blue Heron ... in Ohio we always called the Bittern a Shite Poke...

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Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7005226
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Like the boss said.

Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7005295
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Neighbor told me they were protected, I beg to differ.

Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7005349
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Also called a gooney bird in this neck of the prarie! Was trapping coon on the river with a friend, He had a set that he couldn't keep them out of. Three in three days, his nickname after that was "birdman"!


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Re: What is this bird? [Re: Gary Benson] #7005476
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My Grandpa used to call them "Cream S...ers" because he said when they took off, they would drop a quart of cream.

We used to use a Heron decoy when duck hunting in the marsh. It was used as a confidence decoy as a heron is usually one of the first things to take off when they see something they don't like. If they are still around, other birds seem to think everything is ok.


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