Thursday, March 17, 2016

Night-herons Return to Nest sites

I made a quick run down Perrin Place in Myers Park a couple of days ago to check on the status of one of Mecklenburg County's rarest nesters, the yellow-crowned night-heron.

This large wader nests in loose colonies at several locations in the county but the numbers of sites and pairs has declined over the last couple of decades. On Perrin Place I saw one adult in the usual location in some tall pine trees. Typically there is one to two pairs here. Hopefully there are more present that I just missed that day.

Other sites are in Plaza-Midwood and the Mallard Creek area.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron by Ron Clark