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Cattle Egret at Goleta Beach

Florence Sanchez
 

Breeding-plumaged adult.

I found this bird on the mud peninsula in the estuary mouth where the gulls rest.  After a few minutes, it took off and flew upstream.  I relocated it in the Night Heron roost near the entrance.  It was perched next to a Great Egret with a Snowy Egret also perched nearby.  Immature Yellow-crowned Night HERon was also in the roost.  All still present at 9 a.m. when I drove out.

Florence Sanchez