Last week, we had some nice views of the more common Black-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax. This is a Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea).If you squinch up your eyes, you can sort of get that creamy yellow crown color the birds are named after… remember that a lot of birds got their names from a dead specimen in hand. (But also see this bird on a nest in Texas.) The binomial name, meanwhile, translates as “night lady violet,” the violet color of the back being imaged, I mean referenced. Another NYC breeding species, nesting in several locals within the city’s watery borders. And last year there was some exciting news: a pair nested on Governor’s Island, a first; the island’s brief span of isolation after it was abandoned by the Coast Guard seems to have opened the gates to nature again; will the renewed frenzy of human re-occupation close them?
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