Species, Date, Time and Location Information
6/25/2016 4:15:00 PM
6/25/2016 4:30:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):
Location Not Listed
Muddy area at the edge of an agricultural field near the Cache la Poudre River
Nikon 10.5 X 45 binoculars, bare eyes
Perfect, clear afternoon
Description of the Bird
We were riding our bikes on the bike path along the Poudre south of the Eastman Koday property. When we rounded the corner we saw one great egret feeding with four great blue herons. The difference in the species was striking. The bird had a long yellow bill, long feathery tail plumes and black legs and feet. This bird was feeding rather voraciously by reaching forward and out into the mud. The herons were passive nearby. This bird was not quite as tall as the herons and more slender. The neck was longer. We rode on a little more. When we came back by the area we saw a second egret with the group. It was also walking and feeding in the mud.
Similar Species Discussion
Great blue herons were nearby and provided a great comparison. I also considered snowy egret but these birds were much larger and the feet were black. The bills were yellow.
Knowledge and prior familiarity with the species from Mexico and other tropical areas. I used my good Nikon binoculars but I really didn't even need them. We were close and had very good views of the birds with just our eyes.
I have observed this species a number of times in tropical areas. I have even seen one great egret in Larimer County previously.
Notes made AFTER observation
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Date Documentation Submitted
6/26/2016 6:16:00 PM
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