|Little Blue Heron. Famosa Slough, San Diego, California. July 4, 2014. Greg Gillson|
In January I photographed Little Blue Herons at nearby Mission Bay and the mouth of the San Diego River. They are regular here, as well. The pale-based bill and green legs are different from the all black bill and black legs and yellow feet of the otherwise very similar Snowy Egrets.
These young birds are white for their first year, but really are blue-purple as adults. They are about 1/2 the size of Great Blue Herons.