Saturday, June 11, 2016
Seasonal milestone: Yellow-crowned Night-Herons out of the nest
Yesterday, while making my rounds monitoring bird populations in Jean Lafitte National Park in Barataria, I came across newly fledged Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. Four in three places, looking awkward, as newly fledged birds are want to do.
Juveniles of this species are similar to adults in size and structure, but are grayish all over, and lack the distinctive clown-face of their parents. Because the species also nests right here in the residential 'hoods of the city, it is about time for homeowners with large oak trees to start stumbling across young herons in their yards. And we can expect to see them alongside the adults in the drainage ditches and batture swales that the latter have been frequenting since their return to our area in March.