Early on Saturday morning of Labor Day Weekend I read a post on IN-Bird by Joni Jones about seeing Great Egrets leaving their roost at 7AM. I had planned to go to the local wet area around sunrise at 7:17AM, but changed my plans after reading her post and instead arrived at 6:45AM. And I’m glad I did because those 15 minutes made a difference.
Here are counts at 7AM:
- Canada Geese – 500
- Mallard – 250
- Green-winged Teal – 1
- Great Blue Heron – 22
- Great Egret – 16
The moral of the story is to get there even earlier then planned because if I would arrived at sunrise I would have seen 90% less birds.
On Labor Day morning I stopped by to check for shorebirds. There were a couple of shorebirds but more unusual was the presence of the resident Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons.
And they were sitting!
In case you’re wondering the heron’s “knee” is hidden up under their feathers. The part they are sitting on in the photos is more like our “ankle”.