The love of all things Heron continues on ABWCH this summer with the second species of crowned Night-Herons being seen in as many weeks. This time it was the much more expected but no less appreciated Black-crowned Night-Heron taking its turn being so abiding.
Show me a birder with an impressive life list, and I’ll show you a birder that harbors some degree of pain from certain birds on that list: a heard-only bird, a quick glimpse at another, a juvenile or raggedy individual, or maybe even a dubious addition. Such items on my list have included a Red-shouldered Hawk eyeball, a Bell’s Vireo butt, and a Sage Flasher. Yet another, from once-upon-a-time, was a scope-only view of a young BCNH. It was enough for the lifer/county two-fer tic, but it left me wanting. This redemptive sighting finally filled that void.
I remember as a fledgling birder being shocked to learn that this unique Heron with its coiffed plumage could be found in Minnesota. Perhaps I never bumped into one before I was a birder because of its secretive nature or the hours it keeps. Or perhaps I never saw one because of its proclivities for the water holes and riparian areas of metropolitan backyards.
I have always wanted to see a properly-plumaged adult and seeing as how I just don’t turn them up on the prairie, I took full advantage of Bob Burmaster’s reliable find along Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis.
And things have never been the same.