Well folks, we’ve had some excellent weather this last week. Cool enough we squirrels leaped over to the big pond to have a poke around. Spotted a few birds relaxing, and Hickory wanted to steal this one for a Sunday mystery, but my water column fell first. Still, I’ll ask, do you recognize him?
It’s a black-crowned night heron, which as their name implies, are mainly active at night or early mornings. By the time we arrived, he was done with catching fish and crayfish and moving on to rest and preening.
There’s a look at some mighty fine feathers! Enough to make even a squirrel proud.
Black-crowned Night Herons might turn up in any small stream or pond, but they do tend to be secretive. Of course, sitting still helps them to hunt for fish in the water below them. They sit so still, they even surprise us squirrels!
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.