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I see Yellow-crowned Night Herons in and around Independence at this time of
year almost annually. (I saw one in Mt. Washington Cemetery last week). I
usually see them flying, including a couple of times  from I-435 fairly near
the Blue River,  but I have seen up to three on the grass of a hayfield
formerly owned by Lipton Tea Co. (now Unilever) near Santa Fe Park. I have
rarely seen them after May. I suspect that they are migrants.

Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Arney" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 5:53 PM
Subject: Re: Yellow-crowned Night heron or American Robin?


> I have seen Yellow-crowned Night Herons in the grass of Blue Valley Park
in
> Kansas City.  The herons would roost in trees around an oxbow near the
Blue
> River, but would spend lots of time feeding on foot in the park grass.  I
> assumed they were mostly looking for insects, but worms are also possible.
>
> The Corps of Engineers did flood control on the Blue River.  The new
highly
> channelized river no longer has Yellow-crowned Night Herons.
>
> Don Arney
> Kansas City
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "McNeill, Roger D [CC]" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 3:32 PM
> Subject: Yellow-crowned Night heron or American Robin?
>
>
> Friday night I was startled when I walked out my back door and saw an
adult
> Yellow-crowned Night-heron standing in the middle of my back lawn.  I
> watched it for about 30 minutes hunting worms.  It would stalk through the
> dandelions, pausing, slowly turning it's head, until whap! it would strike
> the ground and pull out a long juicy night crawler.  I watched it
> successfully pull four worms using this method.  I was sure that this was
a
> fluke and a bird which had stopped by on migration.
>
> This morning, "he" was back again, and again hunting worms.  I live about
a
> mile from the Blue River, so it is possible they are nesting down there,
but
> more to my point...  Has anyone ever observed this
behavior...Yellow-crowns
> hunting worms?, especially in anti-habitat such as a lawn?
>
>
> Roger D. McNeill
>
> KC MO
>
>
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