When the Mandarin Duck came to town last year, we gave it a name that seems to have stuck: Mandarin Patinkin. Now that New York City’s newest, hottest bird—Central Park’s Great Blue Heron—has gone mainstream (it’s even got a song), we figured it’s time to come up with a moniker of his/her own (since the two sexes look alike, it’s unclear if this creature is male or female).
Here are a few choices we came up with: Gil Scott-Heron, Heron Brockovich, Keith Heron (as a tribute to New Yorker Keith Haring), and Hardof Heron (sorry). We’ll declare a winner here next week, and we reserve the right to pick a completely new name not even based on this poll, because we like to live in the moment. (Please leave suggestions in the comments!)
It’s time to name New York City’s newest, hottest bird: the Great Blue Heron. https://t.co/HcAUGkLff5
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) March 22, 2019
Here is some more inspiration (along with a more accurate color of the bird):