These pictures were provided to us by Jeannie Smith of Irving, Texas.

Jeannie has a family of Yellow-crowned Night Herons living in an elm tree in her backyard. The birds were first observed in mid-July. Both adult and juvenile herons have been seen. The juvenile birds are just now beginning to fly.

The photographs below provide a good opportunity to compare and contrast the plumage of an adult bird to that of a first year juvenile.

An adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
A juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
A juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
A juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
A juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
An adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
An adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
A juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.

Observations Details

County Dallas
City Irving
Date Aug 16, 2012 – Aug 25, 2012
Time of Day Various
Temperature Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Weather Various
Habitat Residential-Single Family
Type of Behavior Care of Young
Gender Mixed
Maturity Mixed
Observer Jeannie Smith
Main Article Yellow-crowned Night Heron Observation Location