Itchy Birds

Great Egret at the Horicon Marsh

Great Egret

Itchy birds are the norm this evening at the Horicon Marsh.  The heron family entertained with its avian antics.  Great Egrets are a part of the heron family.  They itched, stretched, and ate fish as they waded in the water along Highway 49.

Great Egrets at the Horicon Marsh

Call of the Wild

They have tremendous balance as they stand on a single skinny leg.

Great Egrets at the Horicon Marsh

Egrets have elegance,

Great Egrets at the Horicon Marsh

and fluffiness,

Great Egret at the Horicon Marsh

and comical agility,

Great Blue Heron at the Horicon Marsh

Juvenile Great Blue Heron

which is also shared by another member of the family, the Great Blue Heron.  These family members like to scratch because they have unique modified feathers on their chests that continually grow and fray.  These feathers disintegrate into a fine, white powder. Herons comb this powder down with their middle toes.  The powder helps to remove fish slime and other residue.

Great Blue Heron at the Horicon Marsh

It helps keep their plumage looking fabulous.

Sandhill Crane at the Horicon Marsh

Sandhill Crane

I have never seen a Sandhill Crane sitting down.  Usually, they like to stroll through the marsh or nearby fields.  Perhaps, he just had to sit down and enjoy the entertainment.

 

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