Calif. Night Heron Brouhaha
June 10, 2014
The New York Times has a story from California about a tree-trimmer who cut down a Black-crowned Heron nest with five youngsters inside.
Reminded me of the situation with the Fair Lawn ravens' nest, where painting the town water tower was delayed six weeks because of nesting.
Fair Lawn wisely dealt with the problem as soon as it came to the town's attention, rather than risk harming the birds -- which had begun nesting before the scaffolding went up.
Better public education would help companies learn that it's best to check for nesting birds before starting work on an outdoor site, especially in the spring and early summer.
Link is here.
And yes, we have Black-crowned Night Herons at the CF. Paul Sullivan shared this photo, taken at the Celery Farm this past weekend. (Thanks, Paul!)