Great Egret Flying Over Perched Osprey
There is much to chortle about in this latest Cape Ann Winged Creature Update. Early April marked the arrival of both Snowy and Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons and Great Blue Herons. Osprey pairs and evidence of Osprey nest building can be seen wherever Essex Greenbelt platforms have been installed. Northern Pintail and American Wigeon Ducks are stopping over at our local ponds on their northward migrations while scrub and shrub are alive with the vibrant song of love birds singing their mating calls. Oh Happy Spring!
Ospreys Nest Building
Northern Mockingbirds Singing
On Monday afternoon behind Lobsta Land spotted these beautiful Egrets. Due to high tide and the trees the photo do not do these birds justice. Another sign of spring.
The Egrets at low tide on the Annisquam.
A congregation of egrets at Wonson Cove early this morning. They are so elegant.
I caught this egret just as it was taking off. Lucky shot. To see more West Gloucester photos, click here. Thanks! ~Sharon
In the 19th and early part of the 20th century, some of the world’s egret species were endangered by relentless hunting, since hat makers in Europe and the United States demanded massive numbers of egret plumes and breeding birds were killed in locations all around the world.