Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year-Rare Egret

A great egret made a surprise appearance at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and seems to be quite at home. He certainly seems to enjoy all the attention he's getting, sitting picture-perfect on the edge of the water.

Great egrets are rare in the Puget Sound region any time of year and rare in the rest of Washington in winter. An all-white heron, these birds nearly went extinct in the late 19th century. Those beautiful feathers were prized for hats. According the Audubon Society, the first nesting for a great egret in Washington state was recorded in 1979.

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