Great Egret  ( Grande Aigrette )  This species is on the OBRC review list for northern Ontario.  All sightings should be documented and reported.

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Ardea alba 

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General Notes

The population of Great Egret appears to be increasing significantly, according to a recent analysis of Christmas Bird Count and Breeding Bird Survey records conducted by National Audubon Society scientists. It is possible that the North American population has increased by as much as 180 % in the last 40 years, although there is insufficient data about this species to be highly confident in the actual magnitude of the population growth. The trend, however, is considered statistically significant.

Abundance: Out of range
Breeding Status: Accidental

Documented Observations



April 22-30, 1996, one in New Liskeard observed by Bruce Murphy. Photo on file with OBRC.