Wading Birds

White Ibis

White Ibis (Photo by Jean-Lou Justine)

Look for One of the most easily identified and familiar southeastern wetland birds, the white ibis wanders widely in search of crustaceans and other prey. In good light, these birds gleam when set against a marshy backdrop, and you can tell them from herons by their outstretched necks and flap-and-glide flight. Stragglers may be found… Read more

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret (Photo by Dori/Wikimedia)

Look For The snowy egret is an all-white bird with yellow “slippers”—golden feet at the bottom of black legs. Yellow also appears on the lore, the area between the eyes and the slender black bill. During the spring and summer, adult snowies grow long, lacy plumes on their heads, necks, and tails. This is their… Read more

Great Egret

Great Egret (Photo by Kyle Carlsen)

Look for The great egret is by far the largest of our four egret species, with the longest neck. Size and proportions, along with a combination of black legs and an all-yellow bill, help birders separate it from cattle and snowy egrets. At the height of breeding, bright lime-green decorates adult great egret’s lores, the… Read more

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret (Photo by Derek Bakken/Wikimedia)

Look for Compared to other egrets, the cattle egret is thick-necked and short-legged. Also, its yellow bill is stubby in comparison with other egrets. During breeding season, it takes on a plumage far different from the others: Buff-orange feathers adorn its back, crown, and breast, and at the peak of breeding, the bird’s bill and… Read more

Green Heron

Green heron, photo by Everglades NPS / Wikimedia.

Look for The green heron isn’t exactly green, but it’s the most greenish of the North American herons. Perhaps a better name would have been “squat heron” or “little heron” or “common pond heron.” The least bittern is our smallest heron, but the green heron is the smallest easily seen heron. While a green heron… Read more

Little Blue Heron

Little blue heron photo by Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren / Wikimedia commons.

Look for Far smaller and darker than a great blue heron, the adult little blue heron is easily confused with the tricolored heron, another mostly dark member of the genus Egretta. However, even from far away, you can see that the tricolored heron has a white belly. A closer look reveals the tricolored’s yellowish bill… Read more

Great Blue Heron

Great blue heron photo by Gerry Mcgee

Look for Many non-birders call it a crane or a stork, but the heron can be instantly distinguished from these other large, long-legged birds by its folded-back neck in flight and the S-shaped curvature of its neck at rest. Adult great blue herons have a black stripe running from the eye to the back of… Read more

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