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Meet The Egret Family

June 1, 2013
By Ann Beebe ( , The Post-Journal

Let me introduce you to the egret family. They are rare in northeastern United States. Great egrets do migrate through New York to get to their summer feeding grounds in Canada. As I remember, they have been seen at Dunkirk Harbor, Fish Hatchery Road in Chautauqua Township, and Jamestown Audubon. Snowy egrets are just plain rare here. The reddish egret does live here year round on the Atlantic coast as far north as Cape Cod. The little egret is rarely seen here, period. The last one is the cattle egret. Also rare in our area, it summers on the Atlantic coast. What food do these birds like? Great egrets like marshes and mud for catching insects, crayfish, fish, snakes, frogs, mice and sometimes small birds. Some vegetation is also consumed.



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