The Heron Is In
It's nesting season! Out on Governors Island, the Yellow-Crowned Night Herons have returned. The nest they used last year was destroyed somehow during the winter, so they relocated to near the Harbor School. These photos were taken near the end of June I wonder if they've got hatchlings yet.
time for a stretch and a scratch
The Common Terns seemed to be doing well; their nest colony isn't in plain view at their new location (their half of Yankee Pier collapsed during the winter and they're now on Tango Pier, which is entirely closed to people) but I could see one fledgling on the pier. Too far for a decent photo, though.
Some birds have fledged their young already (at least their first round, many will renest). Here's a baby Cardinal from Central Park:
the dark beak is a sign of youth in a Cardinal
and a recently fledged Blue Jay:
yelling for food
and the Common Grackles have had a good year so far:
time to feed the baby
kids are so demanding