Night Herons at Humber Bay and Some Black Fox photos: November 4, 2020

The adult Black-crowned Night Heron is quite distinctive with its black back, white underparts and light gray wings:

Black-crowned Night Heron

This morning we saw two juveniles who are a dull gray brown.

Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)

Other birds:

Bufflehead (male)
Buffleheads
Bufflehead (male) with American Wigeon (male)
American Wigeon (male)
American Wigeon (female)
Mallard (female)
Mallards
Mallard (male)
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Herons
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorant (juvenile)
Long-tailed Ducks
American Black Ducks
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
House Sparrow
Hooded Mergansers (female)
Hooded Merganser (male) and Canada Geese
Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Merganser (male) and Canada Geese
Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Gadwall
Ring-billed Gull

Species list: red-necked grebe, great blue heron, black-crowned night heron, double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, American black duck, bufflehead, wood duck, American wigeon, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, hooded merganser, ring-billed gull, herring gull, belted kingfisher, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, house sparrow, northern cardinal, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow.  (25 species)

Some botany:

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)

Park scenes:

Today’s group:

Thanks to Ken Sproule for these photos of a “melanistic” red fox recently taken at Col. Sam Smith Park:

NATURE POETRY

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.                              – Emily Brontë (1818–48)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Night Herons at Humber Bay and Some Black Fox photos: November 4, 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Thanks for the Wayfaring Tree! And the wonderful ducks and birds! Thank you, Ken, for that amazing “Red” Fox! (I’m assuming “melanistic” refers to colour, as the word seems similar to one used for skin pigment. I’m going to look it up.)

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