We have a rookery nearby that was abandoned a few years ago. One year it was busy with small wading birds breeding, the next none. There were a few ‘maybe’ reasons, but it was a dramatic change.
This youngster was there recently. I spotted him since I make a point of walking through fairly often.
I may have seen another the same day as this, so there could be two.
The birds that nested here have moved just down the trail and set up house on a small island, protected by water and of course Alligators. He might have flown down.
It would be nice if they started to return here too.
Charleston, South Carolina.