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A Cattle Egret in Breeding Colors

A Cattle Egret in Breeding Colors

Cattle Egrets, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Anhingas, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, and other large wading birds have created a rookery or nesting area in a marshy preserve on Morse Ave. in The Villages, FL above CR 466.  This area is along a popular golf cart multi-modal pathway and golf carts can easily stop there in the grassy area in front of the rail fence (not automobiles).  I have photographed this area once before.

I was very surprised to see the large flock of hundreds of Cattle Egrets that have nested there in the front section of the preserve.  The swampy area likely is protected by both the fence and the Alligators that may be present in the shallow marsh under the shrubbery. I took these pictures in the afternoon, on April 30, 2016.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Egret in Flight

Great Egret in Flight

Cattle Egrets in the Roost

Cattle Egrets in the Roost

Cattle Egret with Nesting Materials

Cattle Egret with Nesting Materials


Nesting Cattle Egret

Nesting Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret Nest

Cattle Egret Nest

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Comments on: "A Wading Bird Rookery" (9)

  1. Hello, it is cool to have this rookery so close to home. The Cattle Egrets are beautiful in their breeding plumage. I love all the beautiful egrets. Great collection of photos. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day and week ahead!

    • Hi Eileen, I was thrilled to see the addition of the big flock of Cattle Egrets to this already interesting rookery. The presence of these Cattle Egrets explains why I saw a big flock around the “Walmart pond” here a few weeks ago.

  2. that’s awesome. i’ve never seen a rookery in person.

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  4. Can you tell us more about this? I’d care to find out some
    additional information.

    • Hi There, This rookery is on Morse Blvd. above CR 466 in The Villages, FL. It looks like a bunch of bushes in a swamp. During most days, very little goes on until about dusk when hundreds of wading birds come back to perch for the night (roost). There are a lot of Cattle Egrets nesting there in the Spring as well as Ibis and other wading birds. The area on the street side of the preserve has good viewing and a couple of areas where one can pull a golf cart over onto the grass. People are not allowed to access the preserve itself. I have spotted herons, ibis, anhingas, and many egrets in this rookery. It varies by season with greater numbers in early Spring. Hope this helps.

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