Do you have a lake or pond nearby?Yes, a little odd to look out and see a heron by your pool. Wonderful, but a little odd.
Yes, there's a pond not too far away, so that's probably his regular haunt
It's a blue heron, aka the "Chesapeake Pteradactyl." They love to annihilate suburban ponds, and s/he was likely stopping by to see if you had any koi - one of their favorites. They nest in big social rookeries in remote marshy/swampy locations, so you don't have to worry about him/her setting up a big poopy nest in your yard!
I'm so jealous! About the most exotic thing I've ever seen was a parakeet - okay, so I live in Poland, where we have plenty of storks - but still, a heron?Must have been a very pleasant surprise :)
Definitely a Great Blue Heron. We have one that visits our small pond at times and it always thrills the grandkids and excites the dogs no end!I'm pretty sure he comes from a nearby river.Jimhttp://www.jmbamboo.comhttp://www.bigplants.com
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