Great Blue Heron
While you might not expect Westmont to be prime habitat for herons, they are here! You are most likely to spot them hunting gophers in faculty housing, or flying high over campus.
Photo Credit: Amanda Sparkman
Looking at Us
There is a great blue heron, we said.
In the backyard. Just standing there.
Looking at us. And it was, in its tallness,
standing there. Looking at us.
The nearest water a goldfish pond,
almost half a mile away. But here
it was, on an August morning.
Patient, wings folded, its implacable eye
atop its impossible neck. We found
the binoculars, crept out onto the porch.
We approached—too far—and the heron
loosed its broad gray wings and climbed
the air and was gone, over a sycamore tree.
There was a great blue heron, we said.
And we looked at each other as if we were,
each one of us, some kind of wonder.
—published in Sehnsucht