Little Egret – Gardiner County Park, Suffolk County Long Island -click on photos for best viewing size

Though my shot is distant, it clearly shows the blue-gray lores and long plumes characteristic of the species.

Though my shot is distant, it clearly shows the blue-gray lores and long plumes characteristic of the species.

This morning, Bill Fiero and I headed to Long Island to try for the previously reported LITTLE EGRET. Upon our arrival at Gardiner County Park, we met Pete Morris (congratulations Pete on a great find!) who informed us that the egret had been flushed by a passing helicopter and flown out over the South Bay. We spent the next hour waiting out the bird, but it didn’t show. We decided to go for lunch and come back when we were done. Tom Burke and Gail Benson were aware that we were looking for the bird, and as we finished lunch, Gail called to tell us the bird had returned to the park (thanks Gail!). We headed over to hear that the bird had flown up the creek, out of sight. Again we waited with many others, but eventually the bird flew back out along the shore and eventually out into the marsh much closer to us. I was able to get a few shots of the bird before it again flew off with a Snowy Egret. Great bird!! Other birds of note for us up-staters were Glossy Ibis, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Willet and Salt Marsh Sparrow.

Little Egret at Gardiner County Park, Suffolk County.

Little Egret at Gardiner County Park, Suffolk County.

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2 Responses to Little Egret – Gardiner County Park, Suffolk County Long Island -click on photos for best viewing size

  1. dlschulman says:

    Very happy to see that you got the bird, John! Worth the trip, I hope. Donna

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