Evening visitors: Young Yellow-crowned Night-Herons have been stopping by the marsh over the last several evenings, hunting in the salt pannes for a variety of saltwater fish, crustaceans, and invertebrates like fiddler and blue crabs, marine worms, and small mummichog fry. These birds breed in our area and will soon be heading south to winter in the Caribbean, returning again with the spring emergence of the crabs.
Fun fact: Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are well-represented in the fossil record; the earliest fossil is between 2-2.5 million years old!
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