There was lots of bird activity yesterday at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and a flurry of Snowy Egrets kept things interesting early in the morning. These lovely, white wading birds had congregated in one area where the river was low and where the light was good.
By this time of the year Snowy Egrets are done with nesting and brooding their young. I only saw adults at this location but from my visits to the refuge lately I would say they had a successful breeding season just by the large numbers of Snowy Egrets I have seen.
The Snowy Egrets yesterday were foraging, resting, preening, stretching, chasing each other around and all of them were avoiding one juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron who seemed to have staked out the area as its territory.
It was a bright, clear morning so exposing the bright white plumage of the egrets correctly against the darker water was a challenge because whites are easy to blow out which leaves the plumage without fine details.
This Snowy Egret was landing after being chased off a rock in the river by the young Black-crowned Night Heron. I sure like the spread wings, flared tail and great view of the “Golden Slippers” that Snowy Egrets are known for.
A group of egrets has many collective nouns including a “congregation”, “heronry”, “RSVP”, “skewer” and “wedge” but I think that a “flurry” best describes a group of Snowy Egrets. I like seeing a flurry of Snowies any time of the year.
Life is good.