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Black-crowned night heron

Nycticorax nycticorax


A stocky heron with short legs and bills compared to the bigger "day" herons. It has a black cap and back, light grey wings, white underparts, and red eyes. This one was part of a nesting rookery of at least 40 birds (pic 6).


Spotted at Klopp Lake at the Arcata Bird Sanctuary in Arcata, California.

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1 Comment

Tukup a week ago

The bird that started it all. I saw one of these as a little kid and didn't know what it was. I got a book, identified it and have been hooked ever since. Thanks for the blast from the past Brian.

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Arcata, California, United States

Spotted on Nov 20, 2021
Submitted on Nov 28, 2021

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