Date: 9/11/17 11:39 am
From: Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>
Subject: [obol] Re: FYI: Malheur NWR: Little Blue Heron & Cattle Egret
I would want to see more photos, but they both look like Snowy Egrets to me.

Neither has the thinner slightly decurved bill of a Little Blue - IMO.

Neither looks short and thick necked like a Cattle to me either. I see a lot of Cattle Egrets annually. I am trying to remember if I ever see them in the open water flats like the Narrows.

How did they behave? Did they run around like a Snowy, or stand around like Little Blues?

Caveat: Seeing the birds in life would make it easier, or seeing more photos, particularly with other species in comparison would greatly help.

Jeff Gilligan







How did they behave? Were they active like a Snowy, or more sedate like a Little Blue. Was any dark seen at the tips of the wing
> On Sep 11, 2017, at 8:54 AM, Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> wrote:
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> Photos of these two birds are going around. With luck they will soon be posted to OBOL.
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> Some very good birders have come to opposite conclusions about what they are.
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> Alan Contreras
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> Eugene, Oregon
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> www.alanlcontreras.com <http://www.alanlcontreras.com/>
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>> On Sep 11, 2017, at 8:47 AM, Brodie Lewis <brodietlewis...> <mailto:<brodietlewis...>> wrote:
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>> Greetings obolers,
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>> Stopped at the narrows yesterday, and at first found only GBHE, SNEG, and GREG, but as I stated to head back to the car to leave, looked in the small pond inside the horseshoe driving ring and noticed two small white egrets.
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>> One (A) appeared slightly smaller than the other, had a bright orange bill with what appeared to have the thin strip of feathering on the mandible that is diagnostic of Cattle. I was suprised, however, to see grey mottling on some of the primaries and secondaries, as this is a feature I'm not used to on the many cattle egrets I've seen in India.
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>> The second (b), which made a half hearted attempt to snap at A every once in a while, had a paler pink bill, but still had bright yellow lores, and the same matching grey mottling on some of the primaries and secondaries. Both had dirty grey green legs with bits of yellow starting to show through on the feet.
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>> I'm assuming Little Blue and Cattle, but neither was as straight forward as I was expecting. Will share photos tomorrow once I get back to a computer. Glad they were in the closer pond so a lot of these smaller features were visible!
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>> Cheers
>> Brodie
>> Cheers
>> Brodie
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>> On Sep 9, 2017 22:43, "Shawneen Finnegan" <shawneenfinnegan...> <mailto:<shawneenfinnegan...>> wrote:
>> Casey Cunningham sent me photos of the Little Blue at the Narrows @ 12:30 today asking for ID assistance. I didn’t see the message till later as I was working. I am assuming he saw it today but he didn’t actually say.
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>> Shawneen Finnegan
>> Beaverton, OR
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>>> On Sep 8, 2017, at 10:12 PM, Russ Namitz <namitzr...> <mailto:<namitzr...>> wrote:
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>>> Henry Burton sent me photos of a CATTLE EGRET, immature LITTLE BLUE HERON and SNOWY EGRET all feeding at the Narrows at Malheur NWR that he found on Wednesday, 9/6. He looked but did not refind the birds the following day.
>>> His eBird list does not include the Little Blue Heron yet.
>>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39043791 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39043791>
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>>> Good birding,
>>> Russ Namitz
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