Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cattle Egret in Mapleton

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!


grammie g said...

HI Bill...WOW in that last photo the poor thing looks a bit chilly!!

Makes you wonder how they get in the places they are not native to ...perhaps there GPS is on the frit's!!

With all the unusual weather this fall it makes you wonder about a lot of things!!

Thanks for that report..these people must have wonder where in the world did this white beauty come from!!


Hilke Breder said...

The Cattle Egret looks a little frosted - and not too happy. The birds too must be confused by the strange weather pattern this year. Beautiful photo though.

Kathiesbirds said...

Wow! that's quite a find!

Bill Sheehan said...

Thanks all! The Egret has now moved on... and in the nick of time. Snow storm today!