Anchorage Area Rarity – Great Egret

The Great Egret

Location:  Anchorage, AK – 20 Mile River Marsh

First Seen:  May 28, 2012

Last Seen:  May 31, 2012

Discovered by: John Pearce and Elizabeth Manning.  Word spread by Thede Tobish.

Relative Rarity:  Accidental in South-central Alaska, this being the first reported sighting.

Additional Information:  1st Great Egret observed in south coastal Alaska. Adult in breeding plumage. Appeared to be feeding on Alaska Blackfish, catching several while observed. Periodically harassed by Mew Gulls.

This Great Egret …. is about the 20th occurrence of the species in Alaska and the first for the Anchorage area.  Aside from one record in Cordova, another for Kodiak, and two for Barrow, most of Alaska’s records are split evenly between Southeast Alaska and the western and central Aleutians, where the Asian breeding race modesta is involved. –Aaron Lang

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