Bird Sounds: Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron Calls

April 29, 2016
Great Blue Heron
Rodney Cammauf, U.S. National Park Service

Here you can identify the sounds and bird calls of the Great Blue Heron. Compliments of The Macaulay Library at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Two came flying low over my head in my yard oneday..

I live near Puget Sound in Washington. It’s a large estuary inland from the Pacific Ocean, we have eagles and the heron in the neighborhood but I’d never heard their mating call till this day. Amazing. Primitive deep sound. One flew over making the sound and as I stood in awe of their size and flight snd sound, quickly another followed. I’m in a town called Mukilteo NW of Seattle near the Mukilteo ferry. I see them all the time actually, even fairly close distance when traveling the area. I have a video of one catching something to eat up at Laconner WA I’m fascinated by them. And that sound! I’d like a recording of that one sound. It’s quite remarkable.

Blue Heron young

There are two young blue heron in the trees on my grandparents property near our pond surrounded by bamboo. The pond doesn't keep any fish at all so the two may enjoy the frogs that live below. Thank you.

Heard Great Blue Herons??

These birds are annoying!!! The squawking and calling doesn't stop. I live in Pennsylvania and have 4 nests behind our house within a hundred yards of each other. I have videos of the squawking at all hours of the night. They wake me up frequently.

Blue Herons

We live on a tidal marsh called Thalia Creek in Virginia Beach, VA and watch these beauties fishing daily in the creek. Occasionally they come up into the yard and my daughter, a nature enthusiast, fondly named a baby one, "Icky Bicky". So now we refer to them all as Icky Bicky whenever we see them gracefully fly by, hovering low over the water. Beautiful to watch, but their awkward squawk doesn't match their graceful appearance!

Blue herons

Saw 1 on these a couple of weeks ago, Utah, Springville.. Have geese too. There.s a lot of them that fly by too. There's fields of grain and wild grass.

Great Blue Herons live in my backyard!!

I have a stream running through my backyard and have seen a Great Blue Heron several times. Now it’s summer and I hear him/her squawking! So cool! It’s night so can’t see, but hear him/her! Decatur, GA

Blue Heron

I saw a blue heron flying away from my small pond in Bridgton, Maine.

Great Blue Heron

Living near the Ohio River (halfway between Louisville and Cincinnati) I see these occasionally on the riverbank.

Great Blue Heron

While I was living in Aberdeen Wa., we rented a house on the Wishkah river. It had a resident mother and son heron. I had the delightful experience of looking out the kitchen window and seeing them flying up the river. Then I opened the window to hear them and I thought I was in a Time Warp. They sounded like prehistoric birds. I never heard anything like that before, except in the movies. It was awesome. I adapted my morning routine so that I could see them every morning, flying up the river in the predawn mist, and hear them calling. I really felt like I had stepped back in time.

Blue Heron sound

I live in Myrtle Beach SC. The swash runs down and behind my house throughout the neighborhood. One Blue Heron in particular has a special spot year round. Beautifully majestic birds. I love listening to them in the mornings.

I've heard the Great Blue

I've heard the Great Blue Heron. They look and croak like teradactyls as they fly by over our lake in FL. When they're not up to their tail in the water fishing, I realized they are as tall as me.

I have these out by my

I have these out by my apartment all the time in the summer...I guess they migrate because we never see them in the winter.
Beautiful birds.

I have an hour of video in a

I have an hour of video in a rookery, but can't distinguish the GBH call. I will put the video up on my YouTube channel: caliclips May 17th, perhaps someone with a better ear can identify the heron calling.