An EVG reader shared the above photo from last night in Tompkins Square Park... the return of [an elusive] black crowned night heron!
This one, with the dark markings on its back, looks different than the one(s) spotted in previous years (here and here for instance).
Here's a photo of one from last June...
[Photo by Bobby Williams]
In previous years, the heron(s) returned to Tompkins Square Park in May.
And here's quick cut-n-paste heron refresher via the National Audubon Society:
Seen by day, these chunky herons seem dull and lethargic [ed note: gee, don't sugarcoat it], with groups sitting hunched and motionless in trees near water. They become more active at dusk, flying out to foraging sites, calling "wok" as they pass high overhead in the darkness. Some studies suggest that they feed at night because they are dominated by other herons and egrets by day.
Previously on EV Grieve:
The night heron apparently comes out at night in Tompkins Square Park
Elusive night heron becoming less elusive
Formerly elusive night heron makes triumphant return to Tompkins Square Park