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Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Cormorants, Pelicans, & Herons Rare Year-Round
Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret - CSU San Bernardino
© Tom Benson

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret - Bolsa Chica, CA
© Tom Benson

The Snowy Egret is a rare winter and spring visitor to campus with records extending from early November to mid May. On campus it is best looked for in the retention basins around Badger Hill when they are flooded. The Snowy Egret is a common migrant and winter visitor and an uncommon breeding bird in southern California.

High Count: 3, Average Count: 1

The Snowy Egret has entirely white body plumage, a black bill and legs, and yellow facial skin and feet. It is much smaller than the Great Egret, the only other all-white heron observed on campus.