The great egret is a year-round resident of the Oregon Coast that was once hunted for its long and very beautiful white feather plumes.
Not only did the great egret hunt along the mud flats along the Coos Bay, but I also saw two colonies. The first colony was along Highway 101 where the egrets had gathered in a marsh and roosted in the shore pines. The second, and biggest great egret colony was on a hill at the edge of town in Charleston. There must have been fifty egrets—it was the grandest flock I'd ever seen!
Coos Bay, Oregon Coast. (2014)