When we were leaving the house, we were surprised to see this standing in the yard.
Great Blue Herons stand very tall at 3.2-4.5 feet tall. But they can also hunch up and make themselves seem short and fat, like this one did when i got closer. They have wingspan of up to 6 and 1/2 feet and are impressive to see on land or in the air.
Not sure why it was in our yard, which is in St Louis city, with no water nearby, except Forest Park. It seemed like it was hiding out from bill collectors. It hung around all day, but was gone this morning.