Sunday, December 1, 2013
late Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on West Esplanade
This afternoon as I was driving east on West Esplanade from Williams Boulevard, I passed a solitary Yellow-crowned Night-Heron fishing in the canal. It was standing stock still, neck outstretched, bill slightly angled down, in classic posture for the species.
The large majority of Yellow-crowns leave for the winter, but a few linger- most winters I do not see any.
It was a mature bird, with the black head/white cheek patch indicating as much (at least not hatched this summer).