So, hearing that the Reef-heron was back, I tried again. Still no luck, but I did spot my long-time nemesis the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, so I can’t say I’m mad.

By the way, Coney Island Creek is an incredibly picturesque and apparently under-birded place. The burnt-out, semisunken barges lend a certain ghostly atmosphere, and the egrets really seem to dig them.

Spotted this evening between 5:45 and roughly 7 pm:

Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Great Egret Egretta eulophotes
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
American Robin Turdus migratorius
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax violacea *LL
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristic
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia