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Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on Water Control Trunk

On my return walk on an old rice field dike a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was perched on another trunk, this time up on a cross bar amidst some spider webs.

The pressure-treated look of the wood and use of metal material indicate that is a newer, replacement trunk. Older ones are all wood, including the pegs that position the water control flap.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron on Trunk
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron on Trunk

Management of these wetlands by the SC Department of Natural Resources is dependent on the functionality of these trunks for water level control.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
July 4, 2021

Pair of Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Herons

A pair of juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Herons had staked out one of the trunks along an old rice field dike to catch the early morning sun.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-herons
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-herons

The dike is too narrow to sneak by; the one on the left flew off down the canal as I approached. This one followed soon after.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
July 4, 2021

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Twig Poking

There were several Yellow-crowned Night-herons in the trees around the big pond at Magnolia Cemetery and a few were pulling on sticks.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

The end of June seemed late for gathering nest material, but perhaps it was for a repair.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Or maybe they just liked to poke around in the trees.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

There didn’t seem to be any urgency to the mission.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

A couple of them were just watching–me as well as the other herons.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

June 27, 2021
Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chicks

A fellow photographer pointed out this nest where he had seen three Yellow-crowned Night-heron chicks the day before. With the fuzzy head and how he was mostly laying down I’d guess a week or 10 days old.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick

After a bit the first chick and one nest-mate, rather camouflaged to the right in the twigs, stood up for a look around.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chicks
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chicks

From a different angle a quarter of a way around the tree I spotted one chick. He looked older, but it’s hard to say for sure with the curtain of Spanish Moss.

If you zoom in you’ll see an eye of a second bird to the left of the standing bird, at nest-top level, just before the big clump of Spanish Moss.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Chick

Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC
June 27, 2021

Did You See a Sign?

Surely they didn’t mean us!

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on Dock, Ashley River, Charleston

A pair of juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons that flushed out of a tree when I passed by landed on a dock that sits on the Ashley River.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock

The river is tidal and the tide was in so there would be no river bank fishing for this duo for several hours.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock
Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron on Dock

Yellow-crowned Night-heron and Friends

Maybe not friends, but tree-mates. This dead tree stands on the banks of the Ashley River and is popular perch for a variety of birds.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

I have been watching some Yellow-crowned Night-herons that are nesting at the edge of a nearby pond. This one stayed here, perhaps getting a respite from nest duty, for over an hour.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

The Anhinga and Grackle came and went. The sky stayed grey.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Twig Gathering

Usually I say stick gathering with images of a heron working on nest material. This Yellow-crowned Night-heron was only interested in small twigs, and despite all his efforts I never saw him take anything to the nest.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Ah, maybe this is the one!

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

No, he dropped that one and poked around for another option.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

You can hardly see the twig sticking out of his beak, and after a minute he dropped that one, too.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron