Long yellow legs like the beak, gray and white plumage to which with the growth it will add the characteristic black “tuft”: for the first time in the capital three gray herons were born, in the eastern area, inside the Gra. Documenting the hatching of the eggs were the activists Gruppo Naturalistico Roma Est «Giancarlo Cristarella», who followed all the stages of courtship, nest building, hatching and birth of the cubs. Which will now stay in the nest for 50 days, but which can live up to 24 years. This species is distinguished by its considerable size compared to the white heron, so much so that adult specimens can reach 90-98 centimeters and two kilos in weight. It feeds on fish, frogs, tadpoles, water snakes, crustaceans, molluscs, aquatic insects, small mammals and other birds. It is active both day and night, and it moves tens of kilometers from the nest to feed.
«This birth is an exceptional event and demonstrates the important contribution of urban green areas to the conservation and implementation of biodiversity. – comment the environmentalists – In the same area were also observed 126 species of avifauna, mammals such as foxes and porcupines, reptiles such as the rat snake and amphibians such as the green frog, the common toad and the green toad, also observed in the phase of reproduction. There are also numerous insects, in particular dragonflies ». Even a few days ago a reader, Lorenzo Moschella, had reported to Corriere Roma the presence of a splendid ash on the banks of the Tiber, shortly after the Flaminio bridge. And at the end of August 2020, however, the Lipu of Rome had reported the migratory passage of about forty storks who had stopped in the green area of Castel di Guido to rest before resuming their flight to the south.