Juvenile heron

Young heron, North Pond, Chicago, © 2013 Celia Her City

The bird’s spotted and streaked plumage are signs that it’s young.  Eventually its plumage will darken and it will become a bulkier bird.  It’s a black-crowned night-heron, which can often be spotted at North Pond.  Here’s an adult photographed in a previous year, maybe even a parent of this baby.

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