Blue heron = mice eating machine

HuntressOfLight

12 pointer
Nov 23, 2019
10,488
Guarding my lovely bluebirds
I knew, but only because I became bored enough to pay attention to birds after coming up here. I have yet to see that one in which I previously spied on the edge of the pond beside my bald cypress stand, but that does not mean it has failed to return and pick off some of my treasured frogs and more, being that I have to actually walk a bit in order to learn what may be transpiring down there.

All they ever eat on my place is little bass. Sumbitches


  • Fishermen’s Friend – Though it might sound counterintuitive, Great Blue Herons are not actually detrimental to fishermen or fish hatcheries. This is primarily because the vast majority of the fish that the herons catch are those floating near the surface. Fish that float near the surface are frequently sick or injured, and not good for human consumption.
 

Little FR

12 pointer
Nov 10, 2021
2,248
West Kentucky
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Mine stab big bluegills and leave on the bank. Pisses me off. Maybe more than they can swallow.

Wish it was legal to kill them. They make it hard to keep any KOI for kids and start bass in new ponds. Ive even had them spook turkeys during a hunt.

I pretty much hate them.
 

WildmanWilson

12 pointer
Dec 26, 2004
11,729
Western Ky.
I watched one eat a bluegill that had to be a pound, one blue cold winter day. He tossed it up and got it head first and he kept his bill straight to the sky for about a minute until it slid down. You could watch the lump slowly moving down his throat. I don’t think he hurt my fish population though. I like watching wildlife even if they compete with me. They probably deserve it more than me anyway.
 

reivertom

12 pointer
Dec 17, 2007
6,847
Greenup Co.
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Wish it was legal to kill them. They make it hard to keep any KOI for kids and start bass in new ponds. Ive even had them spook turkeys during a hunt.

I pretty much hate them.
Yeah....Killing one of the "special" birds will get you under the jail. I saw a freshly dead owl on the side of the road the other day and wanted to get some feathers and claws for a Muzzleloader display, but the law says they'd rather see it rot away than to be put to use by a tax payer. If you are caught with a feather or body part that's even decades old, they can still make your life miserable trying to stay out of Federal Prison.....There goes the life's savings!
 


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