[Bristol-Birds] Yellow-crowed night herons - Sycamore Shoals

  • From: L Tyler <soaringeaglez@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Bristol Bird Club <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2009 17:11:20 -0700 (PDT)

Around 5:30 tonight I observed 4 Yelow-crowned night herons in the same tree as 
last year's nest.  They were easily viewed from the metal gate across the 
gravel path at Sycamore Shoals State Park.  Two were tending to a large nest, 
and switched places with one another to sit on the nest.  The other two were by 
themselves, preening & dozing.  Two of the birds eventually flew off.

An hour later, Brookie & Jean Potter arrived, and we observed the bird not on 
the nest whooping and displaying several times.  Then it left the tree, leaving 
the one nesting heron.  Local birders, Nick & Lisa Botts, arrived. While 
watching the one nesting bird, the other three swooped into the tree at the 
same time.  Two appeared to pair off and started constructing a second nest, 
approximately 8' from the first one!

Lisa Tyler
Elizabethton, TN


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