• Peak Breeding Activity: March-April
• Incubation: 20-24 days
• Clutch Size: 3-5 eggs
• Young Fledge: 30 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: aquatic invertebrates, fish, reptiles, and amphibians
• Ohio Status: Endangered
These egrets are small and white with black bills and legs, and yellow feet. It has lacy plumes on its head, back, and neck during the breeding season.
Habitat and Habits
Snowy egrets are generally quite rare in Ohio, only being found reliably in the western Lake Erie marshes. They produce very harsh choking squawks; quite similar to great blue herons.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
This small egret almost invariably nests in mixed heronries. Within their breeding colonies, snowy egrets normally place their nests in the middle levels of vegetation at heights of 3-10 feet. Nesting activites occur during May and young egrets hatch in late June and early July.