May 4, 2021

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I love this time of the year- the intense season of wild love, when muffled intimate quacks and sweet sounding squawks echo in the rushes and cattails of ponds and swamps everywhere. Great Egrets grow long lacy, delicate and flowing plumes (aigrettes) on their backs that curl over their tails as part of their unique Spring Fashion Show. In case the feathers don’t tell enough of the story for a clueless male who happens to wander aimlessly by too engrossed in himself as happens, a stunning green patch appears at the base of their bill as an additional allure and signal, a feathery “green light” so to speak. Nearly hunted to extinction in the early 20th century for their elegant feathers that were commonly used for decoration in ladies hats, the story here is a good one-Great Egrets have made a substantial comeback and are found the world over.