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What is this at Nazareth Boro-Park?

Deb Walter and her son capture a photo of an extraordinary bird at Nazareth Boro-Park on Wedneday.

My son and I saw this bird at the on Wednesday. Is it a crane? Is it a heron? It was all by itself at the creek.

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Silke Burry August 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I believe it's an Egret.
Therese Sterner Wescott August 20, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I think it is either a Snowy Egret or Great White Heron.
Carol Free August 20, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Egret
Awww SNAP!shots - Nancy Nadolski August 20, 2012 at 05:09 PM
An Egret is a type of Heron, so you were kind of right thinking it was a Heron, Debra...
Mallory Vough (Editor) August 20, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Ya'll are so helpful! Are these birds common in the area? I'm not sure I've ever seen one before, so I'd probably have the same reaction as Deb, "What is this at Nazareth Boro-Park?"
Steve Ski August 20, 2012 at 05:28 PM
It's an Egret. The Schoeneck creek runs through my yard and I have seen him many times. Allso have a wild Malard family and just yesterday I had a wild turkey stop by! We have 3 pekin ducks as pets and they seem to attract all sorts of friends to the yard! People think I live deep in the woods when I post all these pics on facebook, but I live right in town by the 7-eleven!
Cynthia August 20, 2012 at 07:45 PM
It is a Great Egret, not a Snowy Egret. Snowy Egrets are smaller. It is a form of heron. There is a white phase of Great Blue Heron, but only in the Florida Keys.
Heather Depew August 21, 2012 at 01:09 PM
They are not supposed to be common in the area. But with strange weather patterns brings different birds.
JBW1984 September 01, 2012 at 12:56 AM
They are becoming more and more popular in the area, usually stealing the fish out of backyard fish ponds like my parents!
Debra Walter September 04, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Found out today that it is definitely a Great Egret. My father-in-law looked at my photo and a reference book of birds. The Snowy Egret has a black bill and the Great Egret has a yellow bill. He matched the body as well, so we are now fairly certain it is a Great Egret. Speaking of birds, at Lake Wallenpaupeck earlier this summer I saw one pure white goose with a flock of Canada Geese. The Canada Geese appeared to be protecting him or her. I was in Stratford Ontario last week and the swans were so big that from a distance I thought they might be ride-on toy boats for kids. There was one black swan,too. I had never seen a black swan before.

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