Great Egret

Ardea alba

Smaller than Great Blue Heron; 3 pounds of mass from head to toe
Non-breeding plumage
Ornamental feathers of breeding plumage
Flying offshore at Salter Grove
In flight: neck retracted, legs dragging behind, slow wingbeat
Quick stab into water for fish
Small rodents are fair game
Red-winged Blackbird may be defending its chicks
Male brings nest material and may collaborate with female to build new nest each year
A new nest is built each year
Courtship by the male strengthens bond; not known if monogamous with same mate each year
Clutch consists of 1 to 6 eggs
Nestlings compete fiercely and dominant nestling may stab smaller siblings to death

Species account to come.

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