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.

Sunday 12 November 2017

Snowy egret makes rare appearance in Sambro

Published October 31, 2017 - 7:44pm 

It was as if the stately creature knew it was a rarity to behold, and a roadside Sambro marsh would be a perfect place to attract admirers.

The snowy egret, whose arrival on Sunday marked the fourth such sighting in Nova Scotia this year, accomplished just that.

The weekend sighting sparked a flurry of commotion as photos and a video of the golden slippers bird shot up on the Nova Scotia Bird Society’s Facebook site to massive fanfare.

Diane LeBlanc was one of the lucky birders who caught site of the gorgeous creature, its fluffy snow-white plumage, the slender black legs and golden feet.

“It’s the first time we’ve seen one in this area, in my sort of birding patch,” recalled LeBlanc, a Portuguese Cove resident.

“They’re so gorgeous, so stark white. They’re called the golden slippers bird because of their distinctive legs, all black but their feet are golden.

“When I first spotted it, it was right out in the open, stalking a bit. Then it started to fly off so gracefully and vanished in the marshy grass. It was amazing.”

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