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#1 TheGodComplex

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:40 PM

I found this poor young heron dead at the beach today. It definitely is a juvenile, but I cannot tell what kind it is. It may be a Green Heron, but it also could be a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron. The shot was taken today in Central New Jersey.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:42 PM

My guess is juvie Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, with that thick bill.

EDIT: After looking at pictures of juvie Black-crowneds, I change my answer to that. :)

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:44 PM

I'd say Black-crowned Night Heron based on the bicolored bill.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:46 PM

Agree with juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron seen at the Morgan Ave. Mudflats ;). Did you see the whale?

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:50 PM

Agree with juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron seen at the Morgan Ave. Mudflats ;). Did you see the whale?


Wait, that is where the whale was?! I have no idea how I missed that.

(Also, if you wouldn't mind, can you check out my other thread to help identify the gulls and terns there; also at the Mudflats. :P )

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 05:03 PM

I see a few dead Black-crowned Night Heron fledglings each year at my local lake. The parents make flimsy nests, and the young branch out early. Some fall to the ground too early.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:20 AM

Wait, that is where the whale was?! I have no idea how I missed that.

(Also, if you wouldn't mind, can you check out my other thread to help identify the gulls and terns there; also at the Mudflats. :P )

Sorry for the late reply. Sorry you missed it though. It was a bit further down the beach by Raritan Waterfront Park but you could see it from the Mudflats. Neat to see, especially since they were able to free it :). Here's a picture.


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