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).

Good birding,


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