• Great Egret

    Common NameGreat Egret
    Scientific NameArdea alba
    Type of ReportOut-of-Season
    Date of Observation11/26/2017
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameSpencer Hardy
    Mailing Address133 Tucker Hill Rd
    Norwich, VT 05055
    United States
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    Date Completed11/27/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Alison Wagner - ten.t1511791532vamg@1511791532tvfot1511791532akila1511791532

    Latitude of Observation44.1840684
    Longitude of Observation-73.3101759
    Place NameDead Creek - Otter Creek Confluence
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day11:26 AM
    Length of Time Observed5 mins
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)~500'
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)~500'
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    Overcast, NW wind

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Minox 8x42

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    Seen dozens in VT and elsewhere. Also seen other similar species--Cattle Egret, Intermediate Egret

    I certify that that attachments included with this report were captured during this observation event​​.
    Description of Habitat

    Along the bank of Otter Creek, on a small strip of mud under large hardwoods

    Behaviors Observed

    Slowly wading, appeared to be hunting but moving very slowly

    Description of Vocalizations


    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    While driving Basin Harbor Rd, I saw a big white bird/trash bag and almost didn't stop, but made a comment to Ali about it being a Great Egret and decided to spin around. Sure enough, a large white egret with a yellow bill was slowly meandering the shoreline! We didn't realize how late it was, so didn't photograph or spend much time taking detailed notes.

    Relative Size & Shape

    Perhaps a bit more slender than GBHE



    Feet & Bill

    All yellow bill-pointed and much longer than the head. Didn't see/notice the leg color

    Upper Back


    Lower Back & Rump




    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts




    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    Slender, long neck and long bill eliminated Cattle Egret. The old world Intermediate Egret can probably be safely eliminated by the large size (approaching GBHE) and long, gracefully curved neck. Great White Heron is also very unlikely, and would have had a noticeably thicker bill.

    Other Notes & Comments

    Jim Mead photographed two GREG at the same location 10 days earlier: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40533861

    This report was written from notes taken:Written from Memory

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