Thursday, September 6, 2018,

I have a camera lens called a fisheye. This is not it. This is a Snowy Egret that was fishing on the creek side of the bridge near the mill at Frank Melville Park. He’s just caught a fish and is in the process of getting a slap in the face for his trouble. Not to worry, he didn’t even bat an eye – well, actually, maybe he did – before readjusting his catch and swallowing it whole. JK

A Sure Sign Of Spring

Tuesday, April 15, 2014,

20140414081002-5x7w2Spring is in the air and the Ospreys are back. I’ve been missing these guys. I’ve been seeing many of my favorite migrators since mid March. On St. Patty’s Day I saw my first Greater Yellowlegs, then on the 30th a Great Egret showed up. I spied a Double-crested Cormorant fishing with the few remaining Common Mergansers on April Fool’s Day. I don’t get to see that very often. Two days later I saw an Osprey emerging from the Nissy with a silvery prize. And two days after that I saw my first Snowy Egret. The gang’s all here and I’m very happy about it. JK

This Years Model: Snowy Egret

Monday, August 31, 2009

Juvenile Snowy Egret

This was almost a new bird to me, or so I thought. When I first saw it, I thought Snowy right off but then I noticed that the coloring was off. The face was too pale a yellow and those legs were wrong as well. Snowys have black legs and bright neon yellow feet. So I got a little excited, thinking I had something new. Of course, when I got home and flipped through some field guides, it appeared that my initial guess was correct. But, as you know, I am no birder, and am often hesitant to trust my guesses so I sent it out to some of my birder friends and Luci of Four Harbors Audubon Society confirmed that this bird is indeed a juvenile Snowy Egret. I was still pretty happy because it gave me another edition of This Years Model. JK

Young Snowy on Carmans River.