The peaceful drive onto Jamestown Island allows a look to the left towards the Back Creek and will often produce a Great Blue Heron sighting. These magnificent birds are prolific along the island’s shores and in its marshes throughout the year. Most herons rely on a diet of fish, although they have been known to consume small mammals and even small birds. Blue Herons nest in trees, and it is possible to spy a nest on the island loop road when they are active in the spring.

The early Jamestown colonists would have been acquainted with a heron species from Europe, the Grey Heron, which looks virtually identical to the Great Blue Heron. Pre-1610 archaeological contexts at James Fort show that Great Blue Heron were a part of the colonists’ diets.