Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Larry Balch, Barbara and I took a drive up to Sugar River FP this morning. We found 1 adult and 1 juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron in the swamp in the center of the loop road. As far as we know, this is the first sighting of a juvenile YCNH this year. The other reports have been an adult.

On the way to Sugar River, we stopped at the puddle on Meridian Road where I saw the shorebirds yesterday. There were a fair number of birds, but of much different species composition–mostly Lesser Yellowlegs and Solitary Sandpipers, with some Pectoral Sandpipers and a few peeps, including 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper. The others looked like Least, but we didnt’ get a scope on them. There were also 2 Snipe.

Moody/Blodgett intersection puddle had a lot of Great Egrets, Great Blue and Green Herons, plus an uncounted number of Wood Ducks, which just seemed to keep flying out of the corn in small groups. 2 Osprey were at Nygren, viewed from the observation deck.

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