Black-crowned Night Herons are somewhat common in our area in the warmer months:
Last August, 2021, a Yellow-crowned Night Heron spent about a month in the Col. Sam Smith Park area. This is a species usually found in the south-eastern United States, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. It is an exceedingly rare straggler in Ontario.
Today, again at Col. Sam Smith, I photographed a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons look very much like juvenile Black-crowned Night Herons but have a thick dark bill as opposed to the sharply pointed yellowish bill of the Black-crowned.
Juvenile Yellow-crowns have relatively narrow distinct streaks:
as opposed to the broad blurry streaks of the Black-crowned:
The neck is shorter for the Black-crowned:
Warm summer sun, Shine kindly here, Warm southern wind, Blow softly here. Green sod above, Lie light, lie light. Good night, dear heart, Good night, good night. - Mark Twain