Young Night Heron

This light brown streaked bird perched on a rock just above water level minutes after sunrise on the south side of the Open Circle Viewpoint. The shape looked familiar, but I did not recognize the color scheme. I had to go on the web at home to get a positive identification: it’s a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax. I’d seen an adult very nearby last fall, but never a young one. I’d guess that this is a first year juvenile, because all of its feather tones are a soft beige. Read more about these birds on the Cornell Bird Lab website and on Audubon.org.

Young Black-crowned Night Heron
Young Black-crowned Night Heron

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  • February 23, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    Love my botany and wildlife and bird lessons. Thanks for the wonderful prose and pictures.

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