Monday, August 29, 2016

Heron and Egret Review

I let August slip by without mentioning one of the lake's most impressive summer visitors, the great egret. This year, the bird happened to arrive some time around the flooding on the July 30/31 weekend, and I first spotted it that Sunday morning. The photo above and other photos in this post were taken on Friday, August 26. I've only ever seen a single great egret on Lake Kittamaqundi. Go to Centennial Lake, and sometimes you can find a pair of these birds there.

The great egret is taxonomically a heron and is in the same genus Ardea with the great blue heron. I've been watching the progress of two or three great blues born this year.

View above shows the spillway stream at the south end of the lake. One of the great blue herons usually can be found here, and I've been seeing the green herons here sometimes. Two greens are visible, one less obvious at the right side. (And trash is often unavoidable in pictures of the lake.)

Green heron in the spillway stream.

The young great blue herons have become more competitive for fishing spots, and one frequently chases the other away.