Saturday, September 11, 2010
Zen: Great Egret and Friends Share Snag in Lake
It’s been a long, hot summer - 90+F almost every day for 3-plus months. We had a cool (mid 80s) weekend a couple of weeks ago and we drove down to Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. This Great Egret (Ardea alba) on a snag in the middle of Margery Lake was one of several enjoying the sun. It wasn’t until I downloaded the pics that I found that a couple of large turtles were sharing the same snag.
The Great Egret is actually a white heron rather than an egret, and a species in the genus Ardea as is the Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). They migrate through this area in Spring and Fall.
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- The Cornell Institute of Ornithology: Great Egret (Ardea alba)
- Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)