The Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), or garceta azul in Spanish, is a small heron with blue and purple plumage. It began showing up in San Diego County in the 1980s. Today, Little Blue Herons can be seen regularly foraging along the shores of Mission Bay, Famosa Slough, south San Diego Bay, and at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Around the coastal lagoons of northern San Diego County, they are less frequent.
coastal wetlands, marshes, and estuaries, the Little Blue Heron often nests in
close association with the Snowy Egret, sharing colonies with it and other
similar birds. Little Blue Herons began nesting at Sea World in Mission Bay in
1992, still the most consistent colony in all of California. They forage in
shallow water for small fish and amphibians with a “stand and wait” approach to
PHOTO CREDIT: Miguel Rangel Jr.