"Long-Legged" Birds on Carillon Stonegate Pond

Common Name: Great Blue Heron.

Key Markings: 

  • Subtle blue-gray plumage, a gray neck and a black and white throat

  • Bills are yellowish-orange

  • Legs are long and yellowish

  • Frequent visitor to Carillon Stonegate Pond

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Common Name: Great Egret.

Key Markings: 

  • All brilliant white feathers

  • Bills are yellowish-orange

  • Legs are long and black

  • Frequent visitor to Carillon Stonegate Pond

​Common Name: Sandhill Crane.

Key Markings: 

  • Think Sesame Street’s Big Bird, but not yellow!

  • Tall, heavy-bodied bird with a long neck and long legs

  • Gray overall with some tan body feathers

  • Drooping feathers that form a “bustle” around its back end

  • Key identifying feature is red crown atop of head

  • Very infrequent visitor to Carillon Stonegate Pond

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The Carillon at Stonegate community is very fortunate to have a variety of wetland, forest and prairie environments conducive to a variety of birds and other wildlife, plants and insects. Our community and the Kane County Forest Preserve do an exceptional job in maintaining this natural environment – both for the benefit of the birds and wildlife and for our residents to enjoy.

 

Take a hike and see what you can find – and identify!