Ardea Caerulea: The Blue Heron.
This Bird weighs Fifteen Ounces and in Size is somewhat less than
a Crow. The Bill is Blue; but darker towards the Point. The Irides
of the Eyes are Yellow. The Head and Neck are of a changeable Purple.
All the Rest of the Body is Blue. The Legs and Feet are Green. From
the Breast hang long narrow Feathers, as there do likewise from
the Hind-part of the Head; and likewise on the Back are such like
Feathers, which are a Foot in Length, and extend four Inches below
the Tail, which is a little shorter than the Wings. These Birds
are not numerous in Carolina; and are rarely seen but in
the Spring of the Year.
Whence they come, and where they breed, is to me unknown.