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

3 Replies to “Yellow-crowned Night Heron – Backyard Family”

  1. We have a small flock that nest in our area (now suburban previous marsh land) in Tulsa, OK. We love observing our yellow crowned night heron family. They are decreasing in numbers in our small area, as last year we observed nearly a dozen, and only 3 returned this year.

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