Birds of a feather

Juvenile Little Blue Heron are seen commonly at Pea IslandRefuge. The juveniles remain white from June to April and then start looking mottled in their first spring and summer while they get their dark bluish-gray body with a reddish head. They can easily be mistaken for a snowy egret. But one way to distinguish them is that snowies sometimes like to feed in groups, while Little Blue Herons are usually seen separately. Thousands of visitors explore Pea Island Refuge each year to view birds, walk the birding trails, explore the beach, and enjoy the interesting and well-stocked Visitor Center. If headed south on NC Highway 12, stop at the refuge and enjoy birding, beachcombing and beautiful scenery. The refuge visitor's center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Visit fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/.

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