|Juvenile yellow-crowned night-herons by Phil Fowler|
From the parking area at Kirk Farm Fields soccer field (off Mallard Creek Church Road near the junction with US 29), take the paved path towards UNCC and under Mallard Creek Church Road for few hundred yards. At a fork take the one that crosses the creek. Go another couple of hundred yards and look for the flimsy nest with the large night-heron chicks in an oak tree. To aid in your search, look for some whitewash on the asphalt under the nest. A dirt path also joins the greenway near the nest tree.
To try to see the attractive adults, go back to the Kirk Farm Fields parking lot and take the bridge that crosses the creek there. You will be on a boardwalk that takes you through and over a nice wetland. The adults have been seen foraging in this marsh. Around dusk is probably best for finding them, they are called night-herons for a reason.
|Adult yellow-crowned night-heron by Phil Fowler|