I saw my FOY egret today. In birding speak, FOY is ‘first of the year.’ So, in other words, today I saw my first egret of 2016 in New England. It was a Great Egret and it lurked among the tall grasses on the edge of the Norwalk River near where I work.
Soon, Great Egrets will become pretty much a daily sighting and Snowy Egrets will become increasingly common as well. If you’re from Florida, egrets are a daily occurrence year-round. If you’re from New England, the arrival of egrets in March or April is another welcomed sign of spring.
Sorry about all the garbage in the grasses. The snowy and cold April weather we’ve had lately has delayed the spring clean-ups.