ardea (heron. In Roman mythology the town of Ardea was razed to the ground, and from the ashes rose a lean, pale bird, shaking the cinders from its wings and uttering mournful cries) cinerea (ash-gray)
Tuesday, April 18, 2019 — 2:30 pm
Waldenbuch, Germany — Ritter Sport Museum
I was still eating lunch in the Ritter Cafe when I spotted this heron flapping low above the trees on the hillside not far away. It looked very much like a Great Blue Heron, but smaller, about the size of a Great Egret.
I saw two more a few days later. They flew right over the car as we drove near the Stuttgart Airport. They were slate gray with an almost white neck. I never saw one on the ground, and I never got a photo of one. Here’s a photo I swiped off the internet.