The snowy egret (Egretta thula) is a medium-sized heron with white plumage, distinctive yellow legs and a slender black bill. It visits Chesapeake Bay marshes and wetlands from spring through autumn. Unlike most herons and egrets, which stand still to silently stalk their prey, the snowy egret scurries around the water as it hunts for fish, crustaceans and frogs.
Learn more by visiting the Chesapeake Bay Program’s online Field Guide: chesapeakebay.net/fieldguide/critter/snowy_egret
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