Cattle Egret Visits Fredericton Area
The Cattle Egret is well known for its amazing ability to expand its range. It did not always live in North America. It is thought the species originated in central Africa. From there it expanded its range around the world. It was not seen in North America until the 1930s (West Indies) and first in Florida in 1941. From there it has expanded its range widely in the New World.
Cattle Egrets are colonial nesters in trees with other herons and egrets. They breed from the southern US and Gulf Coast southward. Visits to our area are rare but almost always in the fall. They will usually then hang around a farm or other large animal facility until cold temperatures drive them southward again.
Let's celebrate this tough, adaptable species. Watch for them around livestock in your area.