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Critters of the Week

Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.




Where Spotted: Between Reedy Creek and 21st Street Entrance
Common Name: Great Blue Heron
Scientific Name: Ardea herodias
Length: 38.2-53.9 in (97-137 cm)
Weight: 74.1-88.2 oz (2100-2500 g)
Wingspan: 65.8-79.1 in (167-201 cm)

Quick Facts (courtesy of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

  • Thanks to specially shaped neck vertebrae, Great Blue Herons can quickly strike prey at a distance.
  • Great Blue Herons eat nearly anything within striking distance, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, insects, and other birds.
  • They grab smaller prey in their strong mandibles or use their dagger-like bills to impale larger fish, often shaking them to break or relax the sharp spines before gulping them down.
  • The female when making a nest weaves a platform and a saucer-shaped nest cup, lining it with pine needles, moss, reeds, dry grass, leaves, or small twigs. Nest building can take from 3 days up to 2 weeks.
  • Pairs are mostly monogamous during a season, but they choose new partners each year.
  • Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night thanks to a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night vision.

Maryland Heathcliff

Primary Color: Grey
Secondary Color: White
Age: 7yrs 0mths 3wks
Sex: Male
Pet ID: 79672

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.