Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea  

Status: Common resident and uncommon migrant. Exterminated by early settlers, this heron was reintroduced from Florida in 1976 and began breeding in 1978.

Local Habitat: Feeds by night and day along all coastal habitat: dunes and beaches; rocks and cliffs; tidal flats and mangroves; golf courses and lawns.

Habits: Not wholly nocturnal as often seen during the day, especially in breeding season from March to June. Very approachable. Lays 3 or 4 eggs in a large twig nest. Fledglings leave the nest in July and August.

Commonly Seen: Spittal Pond, Stokes Point Nature Reserve

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