Day 2023: Great _____

Great Scott!  My first great question for my great readers on this great day is this: how would you fill in the great blank in today’s great title?

I love these great birds I keep seeing near our great home, which is not in Great Britain.


In my great tags for yesterday’s post, I posed this great question about those great birds: “herons or cranes?” I did a little bit of great research and found these great facts:

  1. Herons and cranes are not related.
  2. Herons fly with their necks and heads tucked back and cranes fly with their necks and heads extended.

Even though I’ve been watching these great birds for a year, I wasn’t sure how they hold their great necks and heads when they fly. This great photo from yesterday didn’t supply any great information, either:


So I went for a great walk last night, purely to observe those great birds in flight.   And those great birds tuck their great necks back.  A great friend of mine texted me photos of different types of birds and I can now say without any great fear of contradiction that those birds are …. (great drumroll) ….





Great Egrets!

Although it’s possible that some of my great readers might know better. One thing I’ve learned in my great life: never be greatly sure about anything.

Anyway, I had a great day yesterday and I hope you enjoy these great new photos:

Some great questions about the above photos:

How many great egrets can you see here?


What exactly is nature’s candy?


Are these really Texas watermelons?


Did you know that yesterday was National Ice Cream Day?


What in the great wide world is this?


Here’s a great list of great songs with the word “Great” in the title:

While there are many songs there which would be great for this post (including “Great Sandwich” and “Great Speckled Bird”), I choose this one, with great singing from a great chorale in Great Britain:

I greatly look forward to great comments, below.

Great thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and to all my great readers, including YOU!


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21 thoughts on “Day 2023: Great _____

  1. Great thoughts from Great Ann.

  2. And here I thought I would go through this Monday without any Great Egrets, Ann!

  3. Luis Del Castillo

    Great blog!

  4. I have several great thoughts about your great blog, but even better would be the opening lines of poet Brenda Hillman’s book Death Tractates:

    That the soul got to choose. Nothing else
    got to but the soul
    got to choose.
    That it was very clever, stepping
    from Lightworld to lightworld
    as an egret fishes through its smeared reflections —

    through its deaths —
    for it believed in the one life,
    that it would last forever.

  5. Great expectations!!

    “Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”
    ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

  6. I was actually thinking about the series of books I read back in elementary school – The Great Brain. It was about a group of Mormon brothers living in Utah in the early 1900s. For a woman without kids, and far from my childhood, I know way too much about kid lit.

  7. Great photos, Ann!

  8. Great egrets, Ann! When they’re not summering by you in MA, they’re wintering by us in FL! I adore them. They make a striking, hoarse “gra-a-ak” sound. Majestic creatures!

    • I’ve never heard these great birds make that great sound, Sunny. Does that mean they’re not great egrets? In any case, it’s always great to see you here.

      • Ahh. My Peterson’s Guide says their call is a “hoarse croak. Also cuk, cuk, cuk.” You have to be quite close to hear this, or they have to be really exercised, like the time I saw a pair noisily drive away a bald eagle 🦅 by the lake right in front of our lanai!

  9. This came straight to me: Straight from my teens

  10. Great Egrets make the sound when they are in breeding season and are being territorial about a breeding or fishing spot. This is why they are not always heard but they do make the sound. Here you can listen to the call:

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