This widespread wader is as white as that fluffy stuff that sometimes covers the ground in winter. (That was a hint!) Its black bill has a touch of yellow at the base, which matches the brilliant yellow feet that look like golden slippers attached to the end of its long black legs.
Answer: Snowy egret. Found on all coasts and along the Mississippi Valley this time of year, the snowy egret is less abundant inland and is rarely found north of the U.S.-Canadian border. Its feeding style has been described as “frenetic” and “animated.”
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Tips for Easy Bird Identification
Identifying birds is at the very heart of bird watching. Each bird encountered is like a little puzzle or mystery to solve, because, while birds of a single species all share a certain set of physical traits, no two individual birds, like no two individual humans, are exactly alike.