Monday, May 7, 2012

Shoot Me Monday

This weekend I went out to the Green Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant hoping to see some migrating birds.  I was surprised when I bumped into fellow birder John Higgins since it was the afternoon and already hot.  We checked out the basins together but didn't find much of anything.  After checking the last one, I spotted an egret flying over the edge of the basin.  I noticed the thick bill and orange breeding plumage.  "Cattle Egret!" I shouted.  This bird is a rare transient and summer visitant to Southeast Arizona.  It's only the second one I've seen, and the first one in Pima County.  It looked overheated because it was constantly fluttering its throat.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret

1 comment:

  1. Saw a lot of these in Texas but never Arizona. Nice find Jeremy! I guess that's why they call you 'Jeremy "really good and birding" Medina.'

    I agree. Cheers!