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This was helpful in identifying a Black Capped Night Heron which flew down on my lawn in daytime. It looks like the picture shown of a more slender one.
I have also seen in the past, what I think is a stocky Night Heron on the far side of a pond very near my property. I am wondering if they get stockier as they age or if they vary from season to season. Or individual to individual.
Monday 10th of July 2023
@Mary Brady- Thanks for sharing, how lucky to have a Black-crowned Night-Heron on your lawn! We are glad to hear we could be of help. Although they don't really get stockier with age, as they get older, night-herons may have fluffier plumage. These birds can also look leaner or stockier depending on if they tuck their necks in or stretch them out.
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