May 29, 2016

Many regulars were at Nathan Krestul Park late this afternoon–a dozen White Ibis, a Snowy Egret, a Great Egret, a Tricolored Heron, a Little Blue Heron, an Eastern Bluebird, an Anhinga, a pair of Mourning Doves, and Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles galore.

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Little Blue Heron Getting Its Adult Plumage

But I also saw a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, the first time I’ve ever seen one there.  It was at the water’s edge, and I was approaching it stealthily . . . until someone’s brindle dog came bounding across the field at me.   “Don’t worry,” a guy yelled from the picnic tables.  “He won’t bite!”  The Yellow-crowned Night Heron retreated across the water, but eventually flew up to a nearby tree and I got this shot:

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron