Night Herons Of Baker Park Frederick MD


Black Crowned Night Heron

Baker Park is an excellent recreation spot for activities including fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking and seeing Black Crowned Night Herons. Celebrities in Baker Park, the Black Crowned Night Herons have been nesting in a row of pine trees at the southern end of Culler Lake for years. Most everyone in Frederick knows about them and bird watchers come from far and wide to see them.


On a recent fishing trip to Culler Lake I was able to catch the last of the fledgling juveniles as they were attempting their first flight. As they squawked in the trees sounding like a couple laughing at jokes, people gathered around to see what all the fuss was about and of course some knew exactly what it was. The best time to see the herons is from early spring to late July early August when the juveniles flee the nest. During the rest of the year you will see them around the lake but not nearly as active as the aforementioned time frame. You will be able to see them with the naked eye as the trees are only about twenty to thirty feet tall, but for best results I recommend a good pair of binoculars or a decent zoom camera. Happy Birding!