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Black-Crowned Night Heron Gathering Nesting Material

Mrs. G. Earle Kelly
Publication Information
Journal: 
Condor
Volume: 
22
Issue: 
4 (July-August)
Section: 
From Field and Study
Year: 
1920
Pages: 
159

Black-crowned Night Heron Gathering Nesting Material

On April 27, 1920, while watching for Black-crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax naevius) at the Cohen Estate, Buena Vista Avenue and Versailles, Alameda, California, one of the birds flew into a locust tree near at hand. It began stretching its neck and taking hold of small dead twigs with its bill, trying to break them off. After several attempts at different branches it found a twig that it could break and proceeded to carry it off. It seemed odd to find a bird that we associate with marshes and water gatherings nesting material in this manner.

Mrs. G. Earle Kelly

Alameda, California, May 28, 1920

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