Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Species
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea). Taken at the University Parks, Oxford on October 8th 2008.
Taken at the University Parks, Oxford on October 8th 2008.
(1/200th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea). Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on March 22nd 2015.
Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on March 22nd 2015.
(1/640th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 84 - 102cm (neck extended); WS: 155 - 175cm

This is the largest European heron. It can stand with neck stretched out, looking for food, or hunch down with its neck bent over its chest.

The Grey Heron is widely distributed in the British Isles and western Europe.

It can be found on river banks, lake shores and brackish coastal bays. Nests are built in trees.

Herons are usually solitary. They stalk their prey (small fish, small birds and amphibians), often standing motionless for some time. They usually feed close to the bank or shore, but may wade out into shallow water.

It has green status on the UK list. Approximately 14000 pairs breed, and around 61000 birds over-winter here.

Sightings

10-Jun-2018 : Barnwell Country Park, Northants (1)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
24-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
18-May-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
18-May-2018 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
14-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
09-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (1)
03-Mar-2018 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (5)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
04-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)

26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
17-Dec-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
05-Nov-2017 : Rushy Common, Oxon (1)
05-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
19-Oct-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
20-Sep-2017 : Radipole Lake, Dorset (2)
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (1)
18-Sep-2017 : Lodmoor, Dorset (2)
13-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
10-Sep-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
31-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
27-Aug-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
26-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
16-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Aug-2017 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
17-Jun-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
03-Jun-2017 : Abingdon, Oxon (1)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
21-May-2017 : Abingdon, Oxon (1)
14-May-2017 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
21-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
04-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
02-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
16-Feb-2017 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Jan-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
24-Dec-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
03-Dec-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
13-Nov-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (10+)
05-Nov-2016 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain (2)
23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-Oct-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
06-Oct-2016 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
02-Oct-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
18-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
04-Sep-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
31-Jul-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (3)
01-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (1)
27-May-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
13-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
06-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
04-May-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
19-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
09-Apr-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Mar-2016 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
25-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
06-Mar-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
27-Feb-2016 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
16-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
09-Jan-2016 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
13-Nov-2015 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
04-Oct-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
01-Oct-2015 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
13-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
12-Sep-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
07-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
06-Sep-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Aug-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
02-Aug-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
13-Jun-2015 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
09-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
03-May-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
01-May-2015 : Arne, Dorset (1)
28-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
19-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
16-Apr-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
12-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
06-Apr-2015 : Stratfield Brake, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2015 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
18-Mar-2015 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
08-Mar-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
21-Feb-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)

29-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
13-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
06-Dec-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
27-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
17-Oct-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
28-Sep-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
21-Sep-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
17-Sep-2014 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (1)
14-Sep-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
10-Sep-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
03-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (3)
31-Jul-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (5)
28-Jul-2014 : Gait Barrows NNR, Lancashire (1)
25-Jul-2014 : Hinksey Lake, Oxford, Oxon (1)
28-Jun-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
25-Jun-2014 : General Todorov, Bulgaria
20-Jun-2014 : Arda River Dam, Bulgaria
16-Jun-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
24-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
15-May-2014 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (1)
11-May-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
04-May-2014 : Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion (2)
27-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
26-Apr-2014 : Whelford Pools, Glos (1)
12-Apr-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
15-Mar-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
01-Mar-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
12-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
05-Jan-2014 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)