FOR WORLD BIRD WEDNESDAY, this repeat post. A few weeks ago, ourwonderful host Springman suggested that we consider re-posting bird pictures from before joining WBW. This post was originally written the summer before we went to Florida for the first time .... and we see lots of egrets there too.
When there's a group of birders, the good spotters give directions by saying things like (for instance) "I have an orchard oriole in the tree at about 3 p.m..." Or "Do you have the blue heron at the edge of the marsh?" It really helps beginners like me to know where to focus the binoculars (and to learn what it is that we're seeing). I don't know why they always say "I have.." instead of "I see..". I guess because when you spot the bird, you have added it to your list of birds.
During a winter in Port Aransas Texas, one of the resident experts at Paradise Pond asked me if I had egrets. I misunderstood her for a minute and ever since then, a certain Frank Sinatra song has run through my head every time I see one of these beautiful birds. So I thought maybe I'd take the song out of my head and put it in yours.** (See note below if you need any help.)
There are cattle egrets in fields along the road in lots of states. (These are the smaller cousins of the family.) When we were in Louisiana, they were in their beautiful breeding plumage. Louisiana is also where we saw the most Great Egrets that we've ever seen in one place. This was at Bird Island where the McIlhanely Family pretty much saved the species from extinction.
It's harder to get a good picture here, but this is an Oregon egret flying over the marsh at the edge of the Lake.
The ones in Louisiana and Texas posed better for us:
Our RV Park in Fulton TX
** "My Way" Lyrics by Paul Anka.
"I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and every highway
and more much more than this
I did it my way.
Regrets, I've had a few
But then again too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exception
I planned each chartered course
Each careful step along the byway
And more much more than this
I did it my way."