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Feeding flights of nesting wading birds at a Virginia colony

Colonial Waterbirds

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Feeding flights of Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula), Tricolored Herons (E. tricolor), Little Blue Herons (E. caerulea), and Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis) were monitored at a small nesting colony near Chincoteague, Virginia during late May and June 1979. All four species varied their flight directions over a series of days. Cattle Egrets oriented in a different direction (toward uplands) from the other three wetland-feeding species, which oriented toward Spartina marsh areas. None of the species showed a tendency to form groups while departing from or arriving at the colony. Tide level had little influence on flight directions used. Comparisons are made between these results and those from a similar study in coastal North Carolina.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Feeding flights of nesting wading birds at a Virginia colony
Series title:
Colonial Waterbirds
Volume
7
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1984
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
74-79
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
74
Last page:
79
Number of Pages:
6