Date: 7/22/19 2:34 am From: 'D.K. Schrishuhn' <alaraarabians...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET black-crowned night heron
I was delighted to see my first black-crowned night heron of the year yesterday. They usually inhabit creeks and a pond on the west side of Champaign, and sure enough a breeding adult was lurking in the bank-side underbrush while several people fished on the opposite bank in a local park. There have been a couple of previous sightings, but not as numerous as last year.
Last year two youngsters were fledged here and stayed late into the fall before heading south. Hope there is a nest somewhere around again this year.