Posts tagged ‘harbor herons’

Keep Your Eyes on the Egrets

Wing-tagged Great Egret in Morris County, NJ. @Jonathan Klizas

Great Egrets have been an important species for New York City Audubon ever since they started returning to nest in the Harbor in the 1980’s. In 2008 we joined forces with New Jersey Audubon, to figure out  where the nesting birds were finding food for themselves and their young. NYC Audubon started our banding program that same year. But leg bands on waterbirds can be hard to see – especially when the birds are standing knee-deep in water. So in June (2012) we started using wing tags on egrets. We tagged 25 birds, young of the year, with yellow tags. We’ve already gotten resighting reports from the New Jersey Meadowlands and from a wetland in Morris County, NJ. Who would have thought that Jamaica Bay birds fly 30 miles west to forage?
Please keep your eyes open for wing tags and leg bands! Let me know if you see one of our NY Harbor birds.

- Susan Elbin