Snowy Egret: Dr. J. Murray Speirs

This dainty little egret is quite common in Atlantic coastal marshes as far north as Maine but is still quite rare in Ontario.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

This is a small white heron with a slender black bill,

Snowy Egret

black legs and “golden slippers.”

Snowy Egret

It often erects a white crest.

Snowy Egret

In breeding plumage it sports white, upturned lacy back feathers.

Snowy Egret

Young of the year may have rather dull greenish yellow feet instead of gold and the back of the legs may be green or dull yellow instead of black.

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

Dr. J. Murray Speirs

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