[Ontbirds]Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Blenheim S.L.
apsemaris at hotmail.com
Sat Aug 12 23:28:28 EDT 2006
This juvenile plumaged bird was in the first lagoon to the right. It
was at the edge of the cattails near the NE corner ~18:00 to-night and I
barely got my bins on it before it flew up and out of sight. I walked part
way down the berm, but could not find it so went on to the last lagoon to
look at all the shorebirds.
There were many Yellowlegs, mostly Lesser, ~ 12/15 Dowitchers (1
possible Long-billed, but too far to be sure), 10 Spotted, 5 Pectoral,~ 8
Least, ~ 20 Semipalmated, 2 Baird's and finally 1 Stilt Sandpiper plus ~5
Semipalmated Plover and ~15 Killdeer.
I decided to try to locate the Heron by walking around the south end
and as soon as I turned the SE corner immediatelt spotted the bird at the
edge of the cattails again. This time it afforded me great scope views at
only ~15M, for about 2 minutes - ample time to note all the features. It
then flew across the lagoon to the large roadside trees, south of the tower
giving me a great look at the very gray flight feathers.
I could not see the bird in the tree from roadside - it may have
flown down to the lagoon as I was fiddling with the lock.
Directions: ~ 1 Km north of Hwy #3 on Lagoon Road, which is just west of
Blenheim. You must have a permit, which gives you the combination lock #,
from the town office. This is available free during business hours or can
be downloaded from the Blenheim website - but unfortunately I do not have
the addresses at hand (in Ontbirds archives?)
10094 Red Pine Road, Box 22,
RR #2 Grand Bend ON N0M 1T0
(519) 238 - 8415
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