Very large yellow bird with flat head

by Nancy Semple
(Collingwood, Ontario, Canada)

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Walking in Collingwood along a trail, I saw this large (30" tall) bird sitting on the fence.

I thought it was a stuffed animal but when I realized it was a bird, I was quite shocked.

He had yellow legs and talons and a flat head and pointed bill.

He was overlooking a pond, so I'm thinking it is a fisher, but have never seen anything like it.

Any ideas?

Hello Nancy - I think what you saw was a Black Crowned Night Heron and here is a link to the website All About Birds - Black Crowned Night Heron.

I will also post this on our facebook page so that our facebook followers can also enjoy your pictures..



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Another sighting of the Black Crowned Night Heron
by: Corinne

I spotted a Black Crowned Night Heron in the tree tops of the Cranberry Golf Course in Collingwood, today May 19, 2021. Quite a large bird and a beautiful sight. I would like to upload the picture I got but there does not seem to be a way.

Hi Corinne, if you go to our "Waterfowl" section, there is a place where you can tell us all about the Black Crowned Night Heron that you spotted, and you can also include pictures!

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

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Black-crowned Night-Heron ID OFO.ca link
by: Frank

Nancy: Wonderful find for that area of the province. This species has been expanding its range northward over the past few years.
I have attached a link to the Ontario Field
Ornithologists checklist photo gallery for this
species so that you may view various plumage
and poses of this type of Heron.

http://ofo.ca/gallery/checklist/subfamily/15/species/48

Happy birding.

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Bird identification
by: Alison

Definitely a black crowned night heron.

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