RE: [Mendobirds] Black-crowned Night Heron comment
- It took me years to find night-herons in Clear Lake area, but I now see them
a lot. Could it be that the species is increasing its range/population?
Any evidence for an increase?
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
cell 530 908-3836
From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of George Chaniot
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: [Mendobirds] Black-crowned Night Heron comment
The question of the lack of breeding records for Black-crowned Night
Herons in Mendocino County has puzzled me for a number of years over here on
the western edge of the county. On 11 May 2005 a fresh juvenile with a
little clinging down showed up in my Potter Valley yard next to the Red Post
Vineyard pond. This seems pretty early in the year for it to have dispersed
very far from the nesting area, and it started me wondering if there could
be local nesting - perhaps along the Russian River in Potter Valley.
The closest nesting area that I am aware of is in Lake County along
Scotts Creek near the intersection of Route 20 and Scotts Valley Road.
There was a sizeable nesting colony there in at least 2007 and 2008. This
is 3.2 mi. from the Mendocino line and about 11 miles from my home. It
could be the source of juveniles seen here and at Lake Mendocino, but local
nesting seems more likely to me.
If our Mendobirds members are sensitized to this issue, maybe we can
nail the question down in the next breeding season. If they are nesting in
the county, they seem to have slipped under the radar so far. We should
report all spring and summer records of this species.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
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