When I got to the office I found that other coworkers had also seen the bird sitting on the rock and so we went back and I snapped a few shots for the blog! For those of you not familiar with this species, it is rarely found in Ontario, with only a handful showing up here every year. More typically they are found in the southern United States.
|Snowy Egret. Note the black bill with yellow at the base.|
|Snowy looking right at us!|
|A Great Egret, the larger and more common species for our area.|
|Note the fine white spots on the wing that differentiate this from the more common Black-crowned Night-Heron|
|Yellow-crowned Night-Herons also have longer legs that their more common cousin|
|Also note the all black bill. Black-crowned would have a yellowish lower mandible|
|Tired little guy!|