Thursday – A Little Personal – Peggy Update

It has been a while since I have updated Peggy the Heron’s status. For those not familiar with Peggy, she is a Blue Heron and has one injured leg. None of the rescue folks have been able to catch her and so for the last couple of years, she is one of our neighbors. I am happy to report Peggy is dong well. She is still giving the sad limp to fishermen and collecting fish in the process. Here is a photo of her on the beach.Peggy on the beach

Another taken last December in the water. There is a fisherman off camera, and she is asking him for a sample. She can only use one leg to stand.


Here is a photo of her taken from our backyard.  As you can imagine, she also enjoys the benefits of pond life. The photo is a little blurred because I tried to do a close up with my iPhone. My old man hands couldn’t hold the phone steady enough, but you can get the idea.


Here is a better shot showing the pond and Peggy.


So as you can see, Peggy has branched out from Gulf fishing to include pond fishing. She usually spends the mornings on the beach and afternoons in our yard. We are alway glad to see her. She looks great and is doing well.


  1. Very cool that she sticks around like that.

    1. I think she likes her name. 🙂

  2. Sounds like she’s the local mascot. Amazing that she’s survived with a bad leg. I always thought such an injury is practically a death sentence for animals.

    1. We thought the same. She resisted all forms of rescue so I guess she decided to tough it out and b on her own. Thanks, Charles.

      1. Sounds like she found a way to get people to feed her. Pretty smart.

  3. The photo of her looking into the gulf is stunning, John. I’m glad to see that she’s doing well.

    1. Yes, we are as well. Thanks, Dan

      1. I didn’t mean to leave you out, John 🙂

      2. I meant we are glad she is doing well also. 🙂

      3. Ha – I though you felt slighted. I’m tired.

      4. Not at all. Thanks for your concern. it’s Friday.Yay!

  4. This is a great Thursday tickle. Love Peggy. She’s one clever girl.
    Beautiful pictures. Now I don’t know which is more lovely, the beach or the pond. Mega hugs

    1. The pond is very peaceful. the tilapia jump in the morning and put a smile on one’s face.Thriving Thursday to you. Hugs. Thanks 🙂

  5. Peggy is one resilient girl!

  6. So happy to hear that Peggy is doing well and visiting you every day, John!

    1. Thanks, John. You know your comment went into moderation which means your new host may not be recognized by mine. I will check to see if I’m still following you. I hope that change didn’t wipe out your followers.

      1. Well, I didn’t get any notices about people’s blogs I follow yet. I may have to go around and re-follow all of them. I’d hate to think my followers got wiped out. I’ll check.

  7. It seems as though Peggy lives to eat as well as eating to live. She’s quite an independent girl. 😀 — Suzanne

    1. She is on the hunt most of the time for sure. Thanks Suzanne.

  8. We spent one winter at a camp ground near Tampa, Florida. It was called Green Acres. They had a neighborhood squirrel there who had only one front paw. He would come up and take a peanut from my husband’s hand. The first time, it freaked my husband out because the squirrel held his finger with his paw before grabbing the peanut.

    1. I love squirrels and this one seems to have adapted quite well. Thanks for the story, Kim.

      1. You’re welcome, John. I had forgotten about that squirrel until I read your post here today. It happened in 1998.

    1. Thanks for the reblog ,Kim

      1. My pleasure! 😀

  9. I love to watch herons around the water and in the air – their wings are almost as important for balancing as their legs when they’re earthbound. 🙂 To answer Charles, most species actively use their wings when fishing for themselves, using them almost like umbrellas to mask their reflections and/or shadows while they’re on the hunt, so, if Peggy was fairly mature when she was injured it wasn’t as big a deal for survival as it would have been if she was a youngster. 😉

    1. Thank you , Jan. Very helpful.:-)

  10. Thanks for the update, John. Peggy seems to be getting along quite well by “storking” on one leg. And I imagine the sympathy card works swimmingly for her!

    1. Yes. Is a pretty poor person who wouldn’t throw her a small fish. 🙂

  11. Aw…it’s good to see Peggy out and about. Wow, John…that last photo is spectacular!

    1. Thanks, Jill. It wasn’t a close up so wasn’t so shaky. 🙂

  12. That pond is gorgeous.

    1. It serves a couple of functions. 1. Is a retention pond for heavy rain. 2. Is a wildlife refuge. We love it.

      1. I envy you in the UK as well.

      2. Ahh, the “special relationship” strikes again. ;~}

      3. Yes. Brit and wannabe

  13. She’s beautiful! And what perseverance. Seeing Peggy do her thing on one leg gives me the courage to never give up. Wonderful.
    Shalom aleichem,

    1. Thank you, Pat. Aleikhem shalom.

  14. John, how nice that you follow Peggy’s progress! Looks as if she’s part of your neighborhood! When you call her name does she look at you? 💛 Elizabeth

    1. She watches us constantly. I don’t think she trusts us. I think she is wise to be leery of humans. I caught a guy throwing sticks at her. He said he didn’t want her thing his bait. I told him to move off her beach and that hitting a Heron with a stick is a felony. He moved.

      1. Good for you, John! I’d have even taken a pic of him! Evidence! 💛 E

      2. Well he did move on. 🙂

  15. Gwen Plano · ·

    I’m happy to meet Peggy; herons are so graceful. She deserves her beautiful habitat…and the neighborhood’s caring watch…… Thanks!

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