Black-crowned Night Heron
- 27 May 2011 - I just saw an adult Black-crowned Night Heron on the pond across from Fern Canyon Road on Old River Road. This is about two miles south of Talmage. It is of interest because we have the traditional winter roost of 30+ birds near Oak Manor at Ukiah, yet we have no documented records of the species nesting in the county. There are records of summer-time juveniles ...but ones that can already fly ... but no actual nests have been found. This adult bird today tells me that we have a nesting colony somewhere near, maybe along the Russian River in the willows?? They will also nest in expanses tules/cattails (maybe Hunters' lagoon at Manchester State Beach for example). Anyway, please keep an eye out for Black-crowned Night Herons going to and from and area during crepuscular (dawn and dusk) time periods. Hopefully someone will locate a nest colony this season so we can include it in our county-wide effort of "heronry" surveys. Good birding. Bob Keiffer
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- On May 24 at about 2 p.m. I saw a Black-crowned Night Heron in Ukiah flying
south near the Starbucks near Perkins and Route 101. It was an adult and
did not appear to be carrying food, but it made me wonder if there might be
nesting in the vicinity. That's pretty close to the Oak Manor winter roost.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
> From: Robert Keiffer <rjkeiffer@...>
> 27 May 2011 - I just saw an adult Black-crowned Night Heron on the pond
> across from Fern Canyon Road on Old River Road. This is about two miles south
> of Talmage. It is of interest because we have the traditional winter roost
> of 30+ birds near Oak Manor at Ukiah, yet we have no documented records of the
> species nesting in the county.