Rita - What is this bird?

by Rita
(Long Island, NY)

These birds hatched in an oak tree in our front yard. They are quite large, about 18 inches and about 2 weeks old. Any idea what they are?

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Oct 02, 2011
Rita's Bird
by: Judy-Seattle

Rita, I believe it is a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron. My bird book says they hunt by night but are seen feeding by day.

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