Monday, November 5, 2018

Cattle Egrets on the fence




In my original post here I called these birds, "cowbirds."  I've heard that for years and assumed it was because they hung around cattle.  I was wrong.  These are cattle egrets, a species of heron.  They came to Florida from Canada some years back.

16 comments:

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Lindo e bem apanhados.
Um abra├žo e boa semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
O prazer dos livros

Sharon said...

Now that is something you don't see in Arizona. That is quite a congregation.

Small City Scenes said...

Are those really Cowbirds? Cowbirds out here are small black birds with brown heads
MB

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Is that just what you call them Lowell, or really their name? They look a little like herons to moi?

Karl said...

Such elegant birds, Lowell !
A perfect ornament for the fence :)

William Kendall said...

A handy perch!

Bill said...

They do look like herons, maybe that's another name for them when they are around cattle. I don't know too much about birds and are they real because they do look rather stiff like ornaments. :)

Marleen said...

A new one for me Lowell. Interesting!
They all seem to wonder where the cows went off to.

Taken For Granted said...

These egrets may spend their summers here in SD as they are a common sight for a few months of the year. They are great looking birds and make for good photos.

RedPat said...

So many of them, Lowell! They look as if they are waiting for something!

Shammickite said...

Definitely egrets but I'm not sure that they came from Canada. Did you check their passports?

Kay said...

They're called cattle egrets out here. They're smaller than great herons.

stardust said...

An interesting scenery. The egrets look like on sentry duty guarding the farm.

Yoko

Lois said...

I've always called them cowbirds too! I've never seen them sitting on fences like that.

Petrea Burchard said...

Seems they have a lot of business to do.

Laura. M said...

Good catches of herons. They were very calm in the sun.
Un abrazo.

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