The breeding pair in Somerset were rather special because only a dozen night herons
have been spotted in the south-west county since the 1800s.
Species Date Cover type Wetland class Black-crowned night heron
27 April 2013 none 4 Black-crowned night heron
14 May 2014 none 4 Blue-winged teal 10 May 2014 none 3 Black-crowned night heron
22 May 2014 none 4 Blue-winged teal 21 May 2014 none 4 Painted turtle 22 April 2014 1 X 1 3 Painted turtle 21 April 2014 6 X 6 3 Species Mortality Study area Black-crowned night heron
yes Tewaukon Black-crowned night heron
yes Chase Lake Blue-winged teal yes Chase Lake Black-crowned night heron
yes Devils Lake Blue-winged teal yes Devils Lake Painted turtle no (released) Tewaukon Painted turtle no (released) Tewaukon Table 3.
Human disturbance and nestling behavior in black-crowned night herons
. Condor, 84:184-187.
Comparative nest site selection and breeding success in 2 sympatric ardieds, Black- crowned Night heron
Nycticorax nycticorax and Little Egret Egretta garzetta in the Axios Delta, Mecidonia, Greece.
Black-crowned Night Herons
and Great Blue Herons were reliably seen on nights following semilunar high tides (Fig.
Each of the four interns gathered data for long-standing projects, such monitoring the presence of black-crowned night herons
, but also created their own projects that they worked on throughout the summer.
The migratory species include openbill storks, egrets, night herons
Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, Black Lemurs, Ring Tailed Lemurs and Collared Lemurs share a large and extensively planted area with birds such as Night Herons
, Madagascan Teal and Purple Gallinule.
The only fly in the ointment (or should that be hunched up heron in the overhanging branches?) is the fact that the feral population of night herons
that spread from Edinburgh Zoo decades ago are - you guessed it - of the American race.
Reddish egrets and an unusual white form of the great blue heron ply the mudflats, while yellow-crowned night herons
hug the shoreline searching for crabs.
Located on White Point, the museum also offers a wonderful view of the bay, where a bird-watcher might see some of the area's more than 250 species, including great blue herons, black brant, grebes, coots, pelicans, marbled godwits, greater yellowlegs, black-crowned night herons
, egrets, gulls and swallows.
Watching them - and planning break-fast, lunch and dinner - are night herons