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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Common and widespread about marshes, mud flats, and agricultural lands in Puget Trough lowlands; much more local, but still common, in similar open habitats at low and moderate elevations in Kittitas County, primarily along Yakima and Columbia Rivers. Nests colonially in trees near water and disperses to feeding areas. Smaller numbers found up to middle elevations along river valleys and lakes; however, these birds may not be breeding.