Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January Great Egret

This is your typical January Great Egret (Ardea alba) in New England…right…wait, what? As we plan and prepare for the fifth season of the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, part of our year-round effort is NOT finding these long-legged waders during the avian wintering season in Connecticut.

This bird was photographed on January 9, and the following day the temperature climbed to 60 with severe thunderstorms in the area before plunging back into this chilly week in the Northeast. These temperature roller coaster rides are not normal and not beneficial to our natural world.

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