2014-04-25 / Community

Urban Wildlife


A yellow-crowned night heron makes its home in the Hammels. Photo by Eddie Pell. A yellow-crowned night heron makes its home in the Hammels. Photo by Eddie Pell. “I’ve been seeing these birds for three days,” Eddie Pell said about the distinctive yellow head striped nesting fowl near the Hammel Houses.

From his description and photos, amateur birders were able to identify them as yellow-crowned night herons.

The Audubon Society describes the birds as being slate gray with a black head with white cheeks, yellowish cheeks, a black bill and orange legs.

It stands about two feet tall and has a wingspan of nearly four feet. Its call is described as a loud, harsh squawk.

When Pell spotted the birds, he just had to take a picture.

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