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May 6, 2011

Phriday Photo – Shikepoke in Flight

Shikepoke is another name used for Green Heron. The first time I ever heard this term was when my uncle referred to one trying to steal fish from him. I had no idea what he was talking about at the time!

Green Heron in Flight

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  1. Birding is Fun! says:

    I had never heard of “shikepoke”, but I have heard of “shypoke” used to refer to pretty much any type of heron, but specifically the green heron. I’m sure both words come from the same background but evolved in various regions.

    Posted on: May 8, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  2. The Birdfreak Team says:

    Birding is Fun! – I have found several variations of the spelling and pronunciation of this odd term. “Shypoke” seems to make more sense to refer to the secretive stalking of herons and that the “poke” or stab at prey.

    Posted on: May 9, 2011 @ 7:57 am

  3. Jennie says:

    I have never heard the term “Shypoke”, interesting! It sounds a little cuter than “Shikepoke” when you say it out loud. :)

    Posted on: May 10, 2011 @ 9:15 am

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