Jim Williams has been watching birds and writing about their antics since before "Gilligan's Island" went into reruns. Join him for his unique insights, his everyday adventures and an open conversation about the birds in your back yard and beyond.

Great Egrets

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird biology, Bird conservation, Bird identification Updated: April 10, 2010 - 9:42 AM

I saw a pair of Great Egrets in our neighborhood two days ago, my first sighting of that species for the year. They were fishing in the marshy end of a small lake. And they're understandably good at it. They were dressed in breeding-season finery, the rich pinkish tones on the neck  as bright as neon. The birds also sport long tail plumes at this time of year, the major reason they and other plume-bearing waders were hunted to near extinction 100 years ago. The plumes were wanted to decorate ladies' hats. It was ladies themselves who began a very successful campaign to protect these birds. The Audubon Society was born of this campaign.

 

 

 

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