I agree with Shawneen. It is definitely not a Cattle Egret. After looking at the photos, I also wondered if it could be an Intermediate Egret. I've seen Intermediate Egrets alongside Great Egrets in Africa, but that was more than 12 years ago. I also agree that it is more likely a small Great Egret than an Intermediate Egret, but it would be nice to see better photos of the bird. Craig TumerPortland.
-------- Original Message -------- Subject: [obol] Re: Cattle Egret? From: Shawneen Finnegan <shawneenfinnegan...> Date: Sun, December 16, 2018 9:33 pm To: <acontrer56...> Cc: OBOL <obol...>
Dave and I looked for the egret today and didn’t see any that weren’t Great Egrets. We looked at Pam’s photos and I can say with confidence that it is not a Cattle Egret. It is too big and long necked. Many of the photos show it down in the ditch so that it is difficult to assess the actual size — but even with that it is far too big for a Cattle. In a private message Doug Robinson wondered if it could be Intermediate Egret, an Old World species that occurs from Africa to the Philippines. There is one record for Alaska of a deceased bird found on Buldir in the far western Aleutian Islands. Doug is not on OBOL and asked me to post this info. The article linked below is a good resource for separating Great Egret from Intermediate, as they are hard to tell apart without seeing them up close or having good photos of the head that show how far the gape extends. The re is also a neck and head shape difference (see link below). https://ebonph.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/ask-the-experts-2/#jp-carousel-1606 More info about the Buldir bird is in their article link here: https://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/archive/V38/38(1)%20p0057-p0059.pdf Using Occam’s Razor theory this is far more likely a small female or a young Great Egret rather than the mega-rare Intermediate Egret. In some of the photos the neck shows a kink in it, in others the kink is not appare nt. Shawneen FinneganBeaverton Sent from my iPad On Dec 16, 2018, at 8:18 PM, Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> wrote:
Are there any photos of the Washburn Lane Cattle Egret adjacent to Greats? It seems a little large in body, but hard to tell from single pics.
Alan <Contrerasacontrer56...>, Oregon www.alanlcontreras.com