Hundreds of Cattle Egrets were in the agricultural fields and near the Salton Sea on the NW Reserve.
On the ballfield at Fort Scott. I thought these were snowy egrets at first, also thought it odd to see them in a group and in this particular location. Shortly after, I ran into two birders who informed me that these are cattle egrets, the occurrence first posted to the rare bird alert by Josiah Clark earlier today.
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The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Bubulcus, although some authorities regard its two subspecies as full species, the Western Cattle Egret and the Eastern Cattle Egret. Despite the similarities in plumage to the egrets of the genus Egretta, it is more closely related to the herons of Ardea. Originally native to...