Well, isn’t this a treat. Here’s a visitor to one of our streams that we squirrels don’t usually see, and the name might tell you why: It’s a Black-crowned Night Heron.
These birds may be one of the most common species of heron, but they usually forage at night–so we diurnal animals don’t see them.
That said, Ol’ Wally here has seen one or two perched in tree branches in the daytime…and carefully backs away. Night herons always roost in groups, and though I hear they would rather eat fish, frogs and water bugs, there is no reason a smart squirrel like myself would test that.