The Cattle Egret recently reported by Laura Chase continued at the Chase's Organic Dairy on the Creasey Ridge Road in Mapleton today. I stopped by the farm early this AM and found the little wader wandering in the barnyard looking a little lost. The temperatures were in the upper 20's overnight and frost was heavy on the pastures.
Apparently the bird has been around for about a week and continues to forage under the feet of the Chase's cow herd.
Cattle Egrets are a rare find anywhere in Maine and especially so in northern Maine. I know of only 5 or 6 recent records of Cattle Egret in northern Maine. Surprisingly a Cattle Egret was reported in southern Maine yesterday as well. Last year at this time, one appeared on the lawn of the McCain Foods french fry plant in Easton!
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I live and bird in Aroostook County in northernmost Maine. Wife, two kids, drive a Ford. Prefer to find my own rather than chase other's birds. My patches are Collins Pond in Caribou, Lake Josephine in Easton, Christina Reservoir in Fort Fairfield and the Nature Conservancy's Woodland Bog Preserve which is across the street from my house.