Last night I flipped on the yard lights and let my dogs out in the back. The neighbor behind us had irrigated that day so his pasture was full of water. I was standing on the patio when I noticed feathery bodies in the water that were too big to be ducks. I ran and got my binoculars. There were three herons standing in the irrigation – a Black Crowned Night Heron and two Yellow Crowned Night Herons. The Black Crowned is common to Arizona, although they are rarely seen. The Yellow Crowned only appear here if they are blown off course. They are beautiful waterfowl with long feathers draping off the top of their heads. Nature provides me with some of my best gifts.
By: Diane Kundrat