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Know your herons from your egrets? Tom Hibbert from The Wildlife Trusts takes a look at some of the differences…

If you see a tall, long-necked bird stalking along a lakeshore, it’s probably a heron or an egret. But which one have you seen? And what’s the difference between them? Tom Hibbert from The Wildlife Trusts takes a look…

When and Where to Find in Washington

The majority of Great Egret habitats are found in wetlands in eastern Washington’s central arid steppe. Nesting takes place along the Columbia River between Benton and Franklin Counties, as well as at the north and south ends of Potholes Reservoir in Grant County. In late summer, Great Egrets can be seen in large numbers in this area. A few can be found at the mouth of the Columbia River in the winter, and small numbers can be seen along the coast of Washington. In Puget Sound, they are typically absent during the winter. Throughout the winter, numbers can stay high close to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and for the past two years, breeding has taken place here.

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The Great Egret is a large, long-necked, long-legged bird with pure white plumage. Its legs and feet are dark, and it has a long, yellow bill. Adults with breeding plumage have somewhat long plumes that fall from their tails but not from their heads.

Great Egrets are found in freshwater wetlands, where they typically feed in open spaces around lakes, expansive marshes, and wide rivers.

Great Egrets can be observed foraging in heronry or in flocks of their own kind. When feeding, they wait for prey to approach by standing or moving slowly through shallow water, then they thrust their bills to grab it. They are not to be confused with the much smaller Cattle Egret, which they sometimes forage in open fields and occasionally around cattle.

Although fish is the main food source for Great Egrets, they also consume other aquatic animals such as frogs and crustaceans, as well as rodents and grasshoppers from terrestrial feeding areas.

Usually found in thickets, trees, or shrubs close to bodies of water, Great Egrets They probably first breed at 2-3 years of age. Although isolated pairs are sometimes seen, colonies–often multi-species–are the norm. Great Egrets nest higher than other species in multi-species colonies. The male chooses the location of the nest where he will show off to entice the female. Both genders construct the stick nest and assist in the 23–26 day incubation of the three–four eggs. Both parents feed the young by regurgitation. The young may start to climb around the nest at three weeks, but they don’t fledge until six to seven weeks.

Winter migration of birds that breed in northern regions where the water freezes In milder climates, the birds remain through the winter. In northern regions, wanderers are common following the breeding season.

When great egrets’ plumes became popular on women’s hats in the late 1800s, the species almost went extinct in the United States. The killing of these and numerous other endangered species was stopped in 1914 with the adoption of the International Migratory Bird Treaty. The Great Egret has recovered quickly, and its breeding range has been progressively moving north. At Potholes Reservoir in Grant County, Washington, Great Egret nesting was first documented in 1979. Since then, they have increased the area in Washington where they nest, and they are still rapidly expanding into the southwest of the state.

Where to find egrets and herons

The majority of the British Isles is home to grey herons, who are typically found near bodies of water like rivers, lakes, ditches, and flooded fields. They’ll even hunt in rockpools on the coast. Grey herons and great white egrets share similar preferences for habitat, and both species are frequently found on marshes and wetlands. Little egrets are particularly fond of estuaries.

Compared to other species, cattle egrets are more likely to be found away from bodies of water. They often feed in fields, following cows and horses around. Large gatherings of them are frequently observed in other regions of the world where they are more prevalent. They can be found here alone, in pairs, or occasionally in small groups.

All three egrets and hornets nest in colonies, frequently in trees near bodies of water. Several species nesting together in a colony is not unusual. Aside from the breeding season, they will also spend the night in group roosts.

FAQ

Which bird has the longest neck?

The bird with the longest neck is the common ostrich (Struthio camelus), native to the open savannahs and semi-desert areas of Africa. The neck of adult ostriches averages 0.9 metres (3 feet) long, from the base of the neck to the top of the head.

What bird has a long neck that extends?

These are mostly wetlands birds, made for foraging in the shallows with their long leg legs and extended necks. Herons and egrets all belong to the same family (Ardiedae), which has 64 members worldwide. In the U.S. and Canada, there are 10 heron and egret species you’re likely to find, with more found in the south.

What kind of bird has a long extendable neck?

One of the amazing things herons can do is to extend their necks quickly, moving their beak to grab or stab prey in the water.

What bird has a long neck that retracts?

The grey heron has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted in an S-shape. This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes, and spoonbills, which extend their necks.