Spot the bird!

Reader David Fuqua sent a “spot the” photo which he thinks is pretty easy. Well, give it a try. Here’s what you’re looking for (and verify the ID if you can); click the photo to enlarge it.  The answer is below the fold:

I rate this one easy, maybe too easy for your readers. This may be a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea), but I’m not sure.
Click “read more” to see the bird:

Here it is (in red box), whatever species it may be:


  1. jezgrove
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I’m so bad at these that can’t even spot the red box!

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    I would not call it easy, particularly if you are not looking for that type of bird.

  3. merilee
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    I actually spotted it, for once.

  4. Teresa Carson
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I did not think I would be able to find the bird, but I did. Knowing that it was likely a heron led me to look in the water. I think it would have been a fruitless search otherwise.

  5. Paul Matthews
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    It does indeed look like a yellow-crowned night heron, but an adult rather than a juvenile (which are brown with white spots). At least from what I can see of the bird, which admittedly is partially hidden.

  6. David Garbutt
    Posted June 29, 2020 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Adult YC Night Heron.
    Lovely birds, often quite tame and not so nocturnal as (Black-crowned) Night herons.

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