Friday, April 20, 2012

Cattle Egret

I have been traveling down to Daniel Webster Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary in Marshfield, Massachusetts, over the past few days because there was an American Bittern reported in the pond.  I have not seen An American Bittern in Massachusetts, although I did get some great photographs of one at the Viera Wetlands in Florida.  Well, I did not find the bittern, but did find some other great birds, including a Glossy Ibis and a Wilson's Snipe.  However, the best bird probably was the arrival of a Cattle Egret in breeding plumage.Cattle Egret Cattle EgretCattle Egret

I explored data that are on eBird bird and found that the only other report for the Cattle Egret was a sighting in 1982.  All the other sightings reported where all of this present bird.  If you live in the area and have a chance to visit the sanctuary.  The Egret is usually found among the Canada Geese in the fields along the left-sided trail that lead to Fox Hill.  The Egret on occasion also has been found in the small pond and can be viewed from one of the blinds that are located at each end of the pond.