[CT Birds] Stratford Marina (Yoga Herons)

Barclay, John john.barclay at uconn.edu
Mon Sep 14 09:29:00 EDT 2009

Re "yoga' herons...
Could they be drying feathers as cormorants do?

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From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Dennis Varza
Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2009 6:57 PM
To: Posting Bird List
Subject: [CT Birds] Stratford Marina (Yoga Herons)

Hi Folks

I was at Stratford Marina this morning and had more "Yoga Herons"

There were 23 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the trees, and 4 of the  
birds were standing there with their wings drooping, both adults and  
immatures (none of the egrets did so).

One person suggested exposing bare areas cooling of the birds. Both  
time it was morning and the birds were facing the sun. Could they be  
warming themselves? Could they be using the sun to affect parasites?  
Could they be really relaxed?

This time I have photos. I have no way of posting them so I will send  
them to anyone interested.

Dennis Varza

Greater Yellowlegs	76
Lesser Yellowlegs	10
Short Billed Dowitcher	11
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron	23
Great Egret	3
Snowy Egret	5

At Milford Pt.
Whimbrel	3
Horned Lark	2

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