Recently we have started to see these Great Egrets in the Susquehanna River while we’ve been Kayaking between Binghamton And Endicott. I’m thinking they are starting their move to the south already perhaps. I know they were not here for most of the summer and I have seen them in more northern places in New York State up past the I-90 corridor. The river is getting quite dry and running low. Maybe it is just easier to get food for them at this particular time? They are nice to see anyway, a pleasant change from some more frequently seen birds that are still around! The image is from September 4th and on this particular outing we saw 5 of them!
I had to do a retraction from my original post of Great White Heron to Great Egret. The difference between the to birds that I can find is the leg coloration. The Egret has black legs and the Heron has yellow legs. The book also states that there is a slit size difference as well. The Heron is a bit bigger. Thanks for the help “Seattle Park Lover”.