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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.




Immature Green Heron

Where Spotted: Various Locations
Common Name: Green Heron
Scientific Name: Butorides virescens
Length: 16.1-18.1 in (41-46 cm)
Weight: 8.5 oz (240 g)
Wingspan: 25.2-26.8 in (64-68 cm)

Quick Facts (Courtesy of Cornell Labs)

  • The Green Heron is part of a complex of small herons that sometimes are considered one species. When lumped, they are called Green-backed Heron. When split, they are the Green Heron, the widespread Striated Heron, and the Galapagos Heron.
  • The Green Heron is one of the world’s few tool-using bird species. It often creates fishing lures with bread crusts, insects, and feathers, dropping them on the surface of the water to entice small fish.
  • Green Herons usually hunt by wading in shallow water, but occasionally they dive for deep-water prey and need to swim back to shore—probably with help from the webs between their middle and outer toes. One juvenile heron was seen swimming gracefully for more than 60 feet, sitting upright “like a little swan,” according to one observer.
  • Like many herons, the Green Heron tends to wander outside of its breeding range after the nesting season is over. Most of the wanderers stay nearby as they search for good feeding habitat, but some travel long distances. Individuals have turned up as far away as England and France.
  • The oldest Green Heron on record was at least 7 years, 11 months old when it was found in Mexico in 1979. It had been banded in Oklahoma in 1971.

Peggy at Richmond SPCA


My name is Peggy and let me tell you, this ol’ gal has still got it! The pep in my step will leave even the youngsters in the dust. I’m a sweet lady with a flair for the dramatic and a knack for keeping people on their toes.

Peggy is looking for just the right home and environment for her. If you’re interested in learning more about Peggy please visit the Richmond SPCA adoption center or give us a call at 804-521-1307.

Age: 9 years, 9 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: White / Tan
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 45648298

Adopt Peggy at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

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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.