Seriously, guys, it was this big.

Missing that one was of course a big bummer, but there were a lot of other birds out and about, including a consolation prize in the form of the much less exotic but equally life-listable Semipalmated Plover.

And it hardly seems fair to moan about my luck when there was a couple there looking who had driven up from West Virginia no less than three times in a fruitless attempt to see the heron. Poor bastards. I hope it turns up again for all our sakes.

Coney Island Creek:

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Rock Dove Columba livia
American Robin Turdus migratorius
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacorax auritus
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus *LL
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Great Egret Egretta eulophotes