Bird spotters rejoice! Jo and Roger reported their first sighting of a black-crowned night heron on their way back from Skopelos at dusk, in the Loutsa area, on the 14th of April.
The genus name, Nycticorax, comes from the Greek (of course) for night raven, so named for their nocturnal feeding habits and the crow-like call of the black-crowned species – the one spotted.
The passage migrant birds mainly breed in southern and central Europe and migrate across the Sahara to get some winter-sun in the central and west Africa.
In the 15 odd years Jo and Roger have been living on Skopelos this is the first sighting they’ve had – probably due to them returning from an art exhibition late in the evening. A sign they need to get out more?!