[CT Birds] Snowy Egret X Little Egret?
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Fri May 4 23:56:11 EDT 2012
>From Frank Mantlik
May 4, 2012
Mid-day today at the Stewart McKinney Refuge in Stratford, I saw and
photographed a Snowy Egret that had the typical bushy crest/nape, but also had
1-2 very long head plumes, ala LITTLE EGRET. The bill shape was wrong for
Little Egret; it looked otherwise like a typical Snowy Egret. I suspect it
might have some hybrid genes. As I recall both species are present in a
breeding colony in one of the Caribbean Islands. We have seen birds like this
once or twice in past years in CT; they've been suspected to be "hybrids". I
will post some photos, probably tomorrow.
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