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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Bird of the week Jan 11: Great Egret
Great egrets are the largest white egret within their range; these common birds were once hinted for their beautiful plumage. During breeding season, they have long lacy plumes that develop on its back and that extend down beyond their tail. They are a fully protected species that has rebounded since the days of the plume hunters. These guys nest and roost in mixed colonies in trees (with herons, other egrets, ibis, etc.). They tend to hunt alone though (but are often seen with other species in the area) and forage in shallow waters or grassy marshes. They move slowly looking for prey such as crayfish, fish, frogs, snakes, and large insects. They are monogamous breeders and incubate their eggs together for 23-26 days. The young stay in the nest for 21 days and are fed by both ma an pa.