Black-crowned Night Heron at the Bluffs: November 10, 2021

By November, Black-crowned Night Herons become scarce although the occasional one will show up in Christmas bird counts.

Our night-heron this morning was a juvenile showing broad, blurry streaks on the breats.

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

Here are some other photos that I have taken of this species:

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

There was considerable excitement when a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, a species which is usually found much south of here, spent many weeks at Col. Sam Smith Park.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Other birds at the Bluffs this morning:

Mallard (male)
Double-crested Cormorants
Mallard (female)
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeons
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeons
Rock Pigeons
Rock Pigeons
Rock Pigeon
Rock Pigeons
Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Rock Pigeon
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)

Bluff scenes:

turtles

Some botany:

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Red Ash flower galls
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

Oh Sing We Now The Holy Weeds – Margaret Atwood

The Dandelion shoots, for spring,
Before their flowers burst;
The Burdock root is best in June
When it is fat with juice;

Miles Hearn

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