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The Egrets of Harbor Bay Isle's Lagoon

The egrets will be leaving by August or even earlier, so visit soon if you want to see them this year.

More than 50 Great Egrets have been spotted this year at the lagoon behind , near the Harbor Bay Landing shopping center. Egrets have been nesting and raising their young in a pine tree here each year since 2007.

Thank you to Robert Perricone for the photos. You can see his photos of egrets and .

Producer July 18, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Hopefully they eat the annoying crows around the island.
Dixie Jordan (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 08:37 AM
A reader's comment, via email: "As far as I know Egrets eat fish, but we have some Cooper's Hawks in our neighborhood which eat crows. You can see remnants of them on the street."
mecadigan@yaHOO.COM July 18, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Last month, we witnessed a baby pushed out of the next and onto the ground. It could not fly to get back up into the nest. Does anyone know if animal rescue came to it's aid? My friend had contacted them a few hours late to report the incident.
Vicki Sedlack July 18, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Sadly, the beautiful egrets tend to have nasty cases of sibling rivalry and the youngest often gets pushed out of the nest by the elder chicks (or simply killed in the nest). I know several (human) residents along the lagoon have rescued the unfortunate chicks.
Nancy Johnsen Horton July 18, 2012 at 04:49 PM
It's really worth seeing this treeful of cranky, noisy birds. I'd thought of egrets as graceful, solitary creatures seen rarely along the shoreline. Here they're squawking, jostling around and -- yes, I guess kicking each other out of the nest. Must be very noisy for the neighbors.

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