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Oh To Be Young Again!

Fledgling Black Corowned Night Heron 8_16_08 033b

While many of us are preparing for the autumn of our lives, this fledgling Black Crowned Night Heron, seen just south of Hunts Point Riverside Park on Saturday’s Tidal Paddle and identified for the Alliance by Robert DeCandido, PhD , is just venturing out of the nest. Night Herons often nest on the ground but have been known to take up residence in the nests of other herons and egrets. While this youngster can prove a lineage of two Black Crowned Night Herons, the offspring of other wading birds can take comfort in the fact that, should they wander into the nest of a night heron, they will be taken care of as though they were one of the family.

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