April 29, 2014

Synchronized nest building

We saw these egrets at a rookery in Norfolk Virginia. The nesting site is at the curb of a busy road and  is in someones front yard.

We counted at least 50 nests in the tree.

There was a steady stream of birds coming in with small branches and twigs.

Ardea alba.

 The Great Egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Audubon was founded to protect birds from being killed for their feathers.

The oldest known Great Egret was 22 years, 10 months old and was banded in Ohio.

1 comment:

Irene said...

That must have been an awesome
sight ! Lucky you !