Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron: September 2022

Black-crowned Night Herons are somewhat common in our area in the warmer months:

Black-crowned Night Heron

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.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Today, again at Col. Sam Smith, I photographed a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)
Yellow-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)

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.

Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)

Juvenile Yellow-crowns have relatively narrow distinct streaks:

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)

as opposed to the broad blurry streaks of the Black-crowned:

Black-crowned Night Heron (juvenile)

The neck is shorter for the Black-crowned:

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

Other birds:

Green-winged Teal
Great Blue Heron
House Sparrow
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Canada Geese
Double-crested Cormorants
Green-winged Teal
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

NATURE POETRY

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

Miles Hearn

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