Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
LeeKen

Bayou bird ID please

7 posts in this topic

I was in New Orleans last week.

We stopped to check out at an alligator in a bayou. While trying to get an angle on the gator I found this peculiar looking bird.

Any ideas?

IMG_5438.jpg

IMG_5439.jpg

IMG_5441.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just a guess, but based on what I have to go by I'd say an immature yellow crowned night heron.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Dotch,

I looked at pics of a yellow crowned night heron and thought "No Way". But after I added "immature" to the search, BINGO.

They really are the "ugly ducklings".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

De nada. Cool bird and nice photos. Could be a black crowned night heron but the yellow looked closer. Also looks sorta like my old college roomie! grin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, as usual it the darn bird shows some characteristics of each.

Immature BCNHs show large white spots on the primaries and have yellow on the lower mandible of the bill. That seems to fit this bird.

Immature YCNHs show very small white spots on the primaries and solid dark bills, which does not fit this bird. But YCNHs have significantly longer necks than BCNHs do, and that fits this bird.

Birds being more variable in plumage and bill color than in physical conformation, for me the neck sways the deal, and I think its a yellow-crowned.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I sent the pictures to the info guy at the Bayou Sauvage NWR, here is his response:

"I saw the subject on the email & said oh oh. But this is an easy one - sort of - it's an immature night heron, the red eyes are a dead give-away.

The trouble is I have never learned how to tell yellow-crowned from black-crowned herons until they get their adult plumage. Yellow are much more common around Bayou Sauvage so that would be my guess. If you lived around there you'd call it a gros-bec (grow - beck) which means big beak in cajun french."

Doug

Douglas Hunt

Refuge Ranger

Gulf Coast Refuge Complex

So either way it's my first gros-bec photograph!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You can always go to the Birder's World Web site and submit it for a positive ID, too. They are a definitive source.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • The green up is still in full swing this week, with the help of consistent rain events and temperatures between the 50s and 70s. This, combined with recent snow in the northern portions of the state continues to put a damper on recently high fire danger across and has brought us to "Low" fire danger throughout the counties. Water levels are still running above normal, and the Wisconsin River is above flood stage. Trails across the state are likely to feature more than a few hints of mud. Bring your rubber boots or waterproof hikers and enjoy the scenery as the banks, forests, marshes and prairies respond to the influx of moisture. Challenging weather made for tough angling across the board this past week. Anglers from Marinette County to Brown County reported numerous attempts at walleye and brown trout. Murkier water didn't help, but reports came in from anglers that they were seeing success for non-target species, particularly northern pike. In Oconto County, the sucker run is rolling along and disturbing the bite. In Brown County, those that did see success for walleye noted that the fish were fully spawned and on their way back to the bay. Stream anglers are reporting a difficult steelhead bite in eastern Door County, while suckers have dispersed in Kewaunee County, leaving the steelhead there more visible as temperatures climb upwards. Water temperatures range from the upper 40s to the low 50s. There were two to four foot waves and small craft advisories in effect last Thursday and Friday in Milwaukee. Anglers at the McKinley Pier are looking for coho and chinook salmon, while brown trout were being landed behind Summerfest. Anglers in Racine County reported boaters and pier anglers landing brown trout as well as a few coho. At the Root River, water visibility was around 12 inches, with an improving steelhead bite and a few remaining suckers caught. Anglers in Kenosha saw more success for browns from the harbor than the south pier. Though no catches were reported from the Pike, the mouth of the river is open and visibility is good. Temperatures for these waters ranged from 47 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit. .
    • Spotted it on the way back from getting wood and tried to sneak up on it. 
    • Hawg - please take down my post - didn't mean to offend or break any rules     
    • I looked it up on google and found it but not the sprinkler it was $12.99. I don't remember what it was.
    • Just went home for lunch and....he's back.
    • Within the last few days the bluejays have discovered my suet cakes.   Also have a hairy woodpecker that has appeared recently. 
    • hmmm, they usually go fast here. use whatever works   I started breaking them in half. 
    • Nice to see Feider with an early limit. Hopefully he can find a kicker or two!
    • How in the world did this advertisement not get zapped?
    • Look great but the page is horrible, anybody figure out the price? The one in the video looks like a buzz bait, do they come in different tails or all the tails come with?  Anybody speak Japanese?
  • Our Sponsors