great egret (Ardea alba)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 32 inches Wingspan: 55 inches
Large long-legged long-necked wading bird
Usually holds neck in an "S" curve in flight
Long, thick yellow bill
Black legs and feet
Entirely white plumage
Juvenile similar to basic-plumaged adult
Shaggy neck and back plumes
Cattle egret much smaller with a shorter, stubbier bill and pale legs.
Snowy egret is smaller and has black bill and yellow feet. Immature
little blue heron is smaller and has a pale bill with a black tip, and green
legs. Reddish egrets (white morph) have pale bills with black tips and
blue-gray legs. The "great white" heron of southern Florida has yellow
Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: Wetland-open water
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 3-5
Length of Incubation: 23-26 days
Days to Fledge: 42-49
Number of Broods: 1
Diet: Mostly aquatic invertebrates, fish; lesser quantities of reptiles
or amphibians, small mammals
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August R
Fall: September, October, November Acc
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley