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Reddish egret

Egretta rufsescens

Description:

Known for its habit of running back and forth while feeding, and occasionally stopping to spread its wings to create a shadow in which to lure small fish. The reddish egret is slightly bigger than the similar little blue heron, which has greenish rather than gray legs

Habitat:

San Diego river mudflats

Notes:

we had come looking for an errant tricolor heron and this bird and found both. Two lifers, one day

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9 Comments

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 5 months ago

Beware of PNW drivers. I alternately long to move to a nice city like San Diego and completely off grid somewhere.Birds are the main thing I get to see, so bird pics it is! Thank you

Tukup
Tukup 5 months ago

It has its advantages. Normally I am very happy that every modern inconvenience known to man hasn't' reached here yet. We kind of like the hot-and-cold running cockroaches :-), no phone, etc. Now that my sister lives in Auburn, WA perhaps I will get to see some of the unique things you keep stored in the NW United States. Thanks for all the great bird pictures. I have trouble with those.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 5 months ago

Just checked your profile - you really are in the middle of the jungle. I'm a bit jealous, as I'm only in the middle of the forest - temperate rainforest = cold, right now

Tukup
Tukup 5 months ago

Thanks Karen. I assumed it was an app for a i-phone or tablet or something. We're a little short on technology out here in the middle of the jungle. I'll look into it.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 5 months ago

I don't have a smart whatever either, just a desktop.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 months ago

Excellent series Karen.

Tukup
Tukup 5 months ago

Never heard of "ebird" but I see it is by Cornell, the same as "WhatBird" which I do use. Thanks for that info. Someday if I ever get a "smart-whatever" I may look into it :-)

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 5 months ago

I love San Diego and so amazed at the changes it has made over the decades in terms of public green spaces. I found the Reddish and the tricolor via the rare bird alert via ebird

Tukup
Tukup 5 months ago

Thanks for sharing Karen. We get to San Diego every now and then to visit our son. I need to check and see if I've mis-classified a Reddish Egret as a Little Blue Heron. Great picture and write-up.

KarenSaxton
Spotted by
KarenSaxton

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 32.76, Long: -117.24

Spotted on Dec 25, 2018
Submitted on Feb 24, 2019

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