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Lone Black-crowned Night Heron

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There is an Oregon ash between the North and South Elkins Barns at Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Lassen County CA). A great horned owl seems to have claimed this tree as its daytime roost since every time Leonard and I … Continue reading

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Increasing Numbers

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In 2011 I saw a black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nicticorax) at Baum Lake (Shasta County CA). This single adult night heron was the first one I ever saw at Baum Lake. Each year since then the number of night herons … Continue reading

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Night Herons Return

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In late winter Leonard and I begin to await the arrival of the migratory birds. It is always fun to note the return of each species, both those that breed in our area and those that pass through on their … Continue reading

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Black-crowned Night Herons

These black-crowned night herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) were photographed along Hat Creek below the first hydro plant. I recently learned that black-crowned night heron chicks leave the nest when they are a month old, but do not learn to fly until … Continue reading

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Black-crowned Night Herons Return

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Black-crowned night herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) are considered nocturnal, usually hunting during the night, evening and early morning. During the day these small herons roost, hunched in trees or bushes. Blending in with the foliage and branches, night herons are difficult … Continue reading

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Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron

Although adult male and female black-crowned night-herons (Nycticorax nycticorax)  look similar, juveniles are distinctively different from adults. Juvenile black-crowned night-herons have brown and white streaked upper parts and buffy under parts. Their eye is orange to bright red, the bill … Continue reading

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Black-crowned Night-heron

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The most widespread heron in the world, the black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) breeds across most of North America except the Rocky Mountain region and winters along the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.  In our area (Modoc County CA) it is … Continue reading

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