A baby egret that was rescued from its nest after its mother disappeared was released into the wild in West Richland on Monday.
A new great white egret joined the birds that feed on fish in the Yakima River near West Richland on Monday.
The young egret cruised from the slough just north of the Van Giesen
Street bridge to the first slight bend in the river and then back again,
its neck curved in an S shape and its long black legs trailing behind
The bird, maybe 2 months old, had spent about half its life at the
Blue Mountain Wildlife rehabilitation center in Pendleton after being
rescued near Sunnyside before it could fly.
Mary Marquez and her husband, Bob, have lived on acreage east of
Sunnyside for 14 years, but the six great white egrets that flew in this
year were the first they'd seen, Mary said.
"We were absolutely delighted," she said. Even better, an egret nest
appeared in the trees around one of the three ponds on their property.
As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.