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Great egret

Ardea alba

Description:

I saw several of them settle into trees as the sun was setting.

6 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Yes to both of you haha. They nest communally, and those are called rookeries. The biggest I've seen was well over 10,000 birds, a mix of ibis, cormorants, cattle egrets, spoonbills, great egrets, and snowy egrets. But even when it isn't mating time of year, they will still hang out in the rookeries to sleep and rest.

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

They can be but they also mate in trees and have nests there with young!

dcslaugh
dcslaugh 6 years ago

So when they are in trees during the day are they possibly resting? :)

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

No problem :) Many of the egrets and herons sleep in trees at night, so in the evenings you can see dozens, or sometimes hundreds, all gathering in trees together. It is pretty cool!

Thank you, Ashley.

dcslaugh
dcslaugh 6 years ago

It is interesting seeing them in trees. Sometimes we see that. Usually, I only see them on the ground.

Florida, USA

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