The Great Blue Heron is the largest heron in North America. It is also called "crane". It is often seen standing silently in the water as it scans for prey or flying high overhead with slow wingbeats. In flight, it flies with it's head pulled back against it's shoulder. Although it may move slowly, it can strikes like lightning to grab a fish or snap up a gopher. It thrives around all kinds of waters and is able to spend the winter farther north than most other herons.