Thursday, April 29, 2010

Our Visitor: Cattle Egret

Caleb, Joshua and Bethany saw this bird in our pasture and asked me what it was.

Rather than telling them, I took pictures and handed the children several field guides on birds.

They were quick to identify this correctly as a Cattle Egret.

Those spindly legs and unwebbed feet are perfect for going through long marsh grasses in search of prey.

He was pushed out by the aggressive sea gulls in the competition for insects turned up by the plowing in the farmer's field behind our house.

We are very thankful to live where we see many different kinds of wildlife daily.
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