@odd Not uncommon in the US (in the right habitat). Smaller and, well, greener than the more common Great Blue Heron.
@toddgrotenhuis Didn't you write about living near a heron rookery, or am I misremembering?
Our rural acres include a couple ponds, a sizeable creek, & wetlands. The herons find lots of good hunting there. We've actually named it "Heron Haven".
@toddgrotenhuis that sounds idyllic! I grew up in very rural places and miss being able to wander through settings like that. @JMaxB that's news to me too re their affinity for sycamores; I'll look more closely in future