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Re: Great Blue Herons

On Fri, 7 Jun 1996 CEMahan@aol.com wrote:

> Better be careful, or you may get what you wish for!  If I send you a great
> blue heron you won't have too many goldfish----you won't have any.  I am
> fortunate to have built my pond without steps on the sides, and to have made
> it over 3 feet deep....the herons have nothing to stand on to do their
> fishing.  They may get a few, but not many....several of my friends here in
> McLean, who have shallow ponds, had all their koi eaten.

I know this is all in jest, but just heard this horror story about herons 
that I want to relay lest anyone ever get into a situation where they are 
trying to handle one.  Apparently injured herons can cause great harm or 
death to people because if you are trying to move one it will do its 
lightening-quick beak-jabbing in the area right between your eyes (massive 
brain damage).  This chilled my blood when I heard it--it was mentioned 
in passing by the Game and Inland Fisheries people I am doing some work with.

To get back to iris--I saw lots of Japanese iris in bloom at the Lewis 
Ginter Park Botanical Gardens in Richmond yesterday.  Also saw 'Black 
Gamecock' in full bloom and have accepted mine are NOT going to bloom 
again this year (SOB!!).  Also, noticed that their I. pseudacorus have 
set lots of seed pods so maybe those concerned about invasive species 
should inform them they should do something about this....I didn't feel 
authoritative enough to collar anyone about it, myself!!

Debbie Green
Williamsburg, VA (USDA 7/8)

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