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Congregation of eight great egrets amazing sight


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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired State District Forester

An amazing sight appeared on Hopewell Acres this week, a congregation of eight Great Egrets.

We all are familiar with the Great Blue Heron which is a little larger than the Great Egret. However and whatever the Great Egret lacks in size is more than compensated for by its brilliant white plumage.



To see the sunshine glistening off the rippling current and highlighting the snow white plumage of this magnificent bird was a special event for me.

Egrets feed on fish, frogs, crayfish and insects. According to my observations this is a group of friends that have gathered down on Crocus Creek to do a little fishing.

They, however, seemed to be particularly interested in the grasshopper population.

I have yet to determine whether the fish or the grasshoppers were the main course although it might have been a matter of personal taste, so to speak.
The destination would sweeter be
If we would slow a bit to see;
To see the poetry in the prose
Then pen it prior to curtains close.


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KY Color / Birds of KY: Great Egrets on Crocus Creek



2010-07-25 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired Kentucky District Forester. Amandaville, Cumberland Co., KY
Three of the eight Great Egrets Billy Joe Fudge spotted foraging a few feet below the roadbed of KY 704 on Crocus Creek on Hopewell Acres at Amandaville in Northern Cumberland County can be seen above.

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KY Color / Birds of KY: Egrets in Cumberland Co., KY



2010-07-25 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired Kentucky District Forester. Hopewell Acres, Amandaville, Cumberland Co., KY
"An amazing sight," Billy Joe Fudge said of the congregation of Great Egrets he observed foraging and fishing along Crocus Creek on Hopewell Acres, the showplace Chowning farm in the bend of the streams. Some of the birds would like have been viewable from the roadbed of Scenic KY 704, seen above the far bank. The birds feast on small fish and crustaceans from the stream, but a large part of their diet is made up of grasshoppers.

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KY Color / Birds of KY: Solitary Great Egret on Crocus Creek



2010-07-25 - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired Kentucky District Forester. Hopewell Acres, Amandaville, Cumberland Co., KY
A Great Egret making its living, fishing, Crocus Creek, at Hopewell Acres, the Chattin Chowning place on in northern Cumberland County now owned by John and Joe Chattin Chowning. The egret was one of a group of eight observed by Billy Joe Fudge this past week.

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