As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Watch blue heron eat gopher; viral video shows herons eat more than fish, Kalamazoo Audubon member says

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A video showing a blue heron stalking, stabbing and swallowing a gopher is making its way around social networking sites, with comments of amazement — and skepticism — from viewers.

But Audubon Society of Kalamazoo member Russ Schipper said that herons, more commonly known for swallowing fish, are not averse to eating other animals.

"While aquatic animals are the Great Blue Heron's primary food, their diet is quite variable; as the video shows, they do come on land to prey on mammals, such as mice, chipmunks, gophers and even moles that might poke their heads out," he said.

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