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Checklist S48362697

 
Location
Millennium Park (Kent Co.), Kent County, Michigan, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
55 minute(s)
Distance:
1.5 mile(s)
Observers:
George Martin
Comments:
N/A
Species
13 species total
49
Canada Goose
5
Mute Swan
6
Mourning Dove
3
Ring-billed Gull
12
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Black-crowned Night-Heron

I don't have a photograph of the bird, so I'll list the other possibilities and why I
excluded them.
It was a shortish but stocky bird, clearly in the heron family (not a rail, due to its behavior and shape). When I first saw it, it was standing near brush at the edge of a pond. It also appeared to be struggling to subdue some aquatic prey, possibly a fish. About a minute after it swallowed the prey, it flew off around the pond and headed south.
It was smaller and stockier than a great blue heron or a great egret, and the coloration was much different than those species. It was significantly larger than a green heron, and again, colored much differently. It was lighter-colored than an American bittern. It was more tan than a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron.
The closest picture I've seen is the picture of an immature black-crowned night heron in allaboutbirds.org. The bird I saw did not appear to have started molting its crown feathers to the black of the adult bird.

1
Bald Eagle
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
3
Blue Jay
3
Black-capped Chickadee
2
American Robin
3
Gray Catbird
1
American Goldfinch
1
American Redstart
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes