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Friday, August 19, 2016

Photo Share: Great Egrets in Michigan

Hi, Sarah! I was on my way to class tonight when I saw people stopped on the side of M-78 taking pictures. I looked to see what they were taking pics of and saw a huge HERD of these big white water birds. I was thinking I'd go back the next day with camera, and almost got to class when I came to my senses and turned around to go home and get my camera; class could wait. I got back around 8:15 (getting dark, rainy evening). This is what I got. When I got home I looked them up and found out they were Great Egrets. There were about 40 of them. Lynn C.
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful sight! The elegant Great Egrets move about widely in late summer before heading to their wintering grounds. I'm thankful you were at the right place at the right time.

Most Great Egrets move south for winter, traveling as far as the West Indies or southern Central America. They migrate by day in small flocks. During mild years, Great Egrets may stay as far north as Massachusetts. Individuals from the southern U.S. may not migrate at all.

And I looked up what a herd of egrets are called. Whatbird.com said: A group of egrets has many collective nouns, including a "congregation", "heronry", "RSVP", "skewer", and "wedge" of egrets.

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