The elegant Great Egret is a dazzling sight in many a North American wetland. The Snowy Egret is a conspicuous and elegant member of the heron family. Endangered and Threatened Birds in Texas At present, there are 16 birds that are considered to be threatened or endangered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Fortunately, we have a good population of these birds on the Texas coast. Family: (Ardeidae) Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns. Bubulcus ibis. The Great Egret is a slender long legged wading bird that is found in waterways around the world. The noise-making devices may be used while the threat of cattle egrets nesting is high. If you notice egrets or herons in your trees, use water hose or signal horns to scare birds from the trees ; Beginning in February/March report ALL egret and heron activity to Animal Services at 972-466-3420 or by clicking here. They can be found in a variety of environments from saltwater marshes to fresh water ponds. Medium in build, this egret can be identified by its snow white coloration, lengthy sharp black bill, and strikingly yellow lore and feet. Common, especially in the south, it may wander far to the north in late summer. Slightly smaller and more svelte than a Great Blue Heron, these are still large birds with impressive wingspans. They hunt in classic heron fashion, standing immobile or wading through wetlands to capture fish with a deadly jab of their yellow bill. Identifying Migratory Birds of Interest: Cattle Egret. That narrowed down the choices to an egret or a heron, although an egret is technically a type of heron. The species nests in a variety of habitats and vegetation. Texas is a major route for migratory birds shuttling between the United States and Canada; while this natural cycle can be beautiful, the springtime event can impact residential, commercial and industrial properties into the fall season. Seasonal Occurrence: Abundant throughout the year.Breeds in our area. A tall, stately white wader of quiet waters. It didn’t look like a great blue heron, because it was an all-white bird, and great blue herons have a distinctive gray-blue color with a black band behind the eye. Of these, four are federally listed. April 1, 2020 - In order to prevent cattle egrets from nesting in the City of Allen, predatory bird noise-making devices will be used at Stacy Ridge Park. Length 18' - 22" Wingspan 35" - 38" Preferred Habitat: Fields and pastures.. Although recognized as one species, reddish egrets may be either white (white phase) or gray with a reddish or rusty colored head and neck (dark phase). Snowy Egret - Medium, white bird with a long "S"-shaped neck and shaggy plumes on neck and chest If cattle egrets are sighted in Allen, the prevention efforts will then switch to the use of “percussive” devices that produce a loud bang. The reddish egret, a beautiful wading bird, is a permanent resident of the Texas coast. The Cattle Egret breeds in all but four of the contiguous U.S. states, but breeding is concentrated in eastern Texas and Gulf states east to Florida. Adult Snowy Egrets develop long and wispy plumes on their back, head, and neck during the breeding season.