Egrets are in Dana Point coust and White Rock Lake’s most common, year-round, amazing bird. Bright white with various colored beaks, legs and feet and differing plumes and neck lengths, our three egret species — Great Egret, Cattle Egret and Snowy Egret — are quiet, diverse and exotic.
The Great Egrets, the largest and most populous, can be found singly, scattered almost anywhere along our shoreline, standing in widely spaced groups, and flying alone or in formation in summer, fall, winter or spring. Snowy Egrets are comparatively easy to find, and there are comparatively few Cattle Egrets here.
All the egrets sport intensified colors, plumes and flossy feathers during mating season, which is in late spring and early summer. Because of those elegant featherations, egrets were massively murdered during the turn from the 19th to the 20th Century when their feathers, heads and selves were considered decorations for hats