Big bird of another feather splash-lands in local garden
Starlings, robins and cardinals are common sights at Jefferson Market Garden. Decidedly less so was a yellow crowned night heron that recently dropped in for a visit. The gardens horticulturist, Susan Sipos, discovered the rare bird early last Wednesday in the gardens small pond.
This bird is so out of proportion to that pond, its wingspan is 45 inches! said Jeanine Flaherty, the parks chairperson, speaking last Friday. Flaherty said that the bird, a threatened species whose natural habitat extends from New England to Florida, was intensely shy. You dont ever get something this large in a park like this. But its migration time for them and a few sometimes pass through Central Park, said Flaherty. Apparently the young ones tend to leave after everyone else. Hes a juvenile, hasnt gotten his crown yet and he really wants to be by himself.
Flaherty said the bird was spotted in the early morning and evening on the parks shed and in trees by the pond, where it looked for food. He must think its a moveable feast, she said, hes eating all of our goldfish.
However, the bird apparently flew the coop Friday evening and seems to have left for good, Flaherty said.