Turning the scope to the west I spotted a group of Cattle Egrets and Snowy Egrets in the rookery several hundred yards from the east dike. I noticed 2 juvenile Snowy Egrets with black legs, yellow feet, and yellow stripes along the legs. One adult was sitting nearby with all-black legs and yellow feet. The Cattle Egrets appeared to consist of 3 juveniles and 2 adults, but I couldn't be sure. One juvenile bird showed a very gray-colored bill (not black) while the others appeared to have yellow bills. They appeared more scruffy looking than the 2 nearby adults, so I had the impression of young birds. A conversation w/ Walt Pawlowski a few hours later make me question my observations since he reported that Michigan has only 1 or 2 records of breeding Cattle Egrets.
Halloween Pennants (dragonflies) continue to dominate the ode-fauna, with Widow Skimmers, Green Darners, and a few saddlebags buzzing by on occasion. Deer flies were pesky this morning, biting me on the hands and wrists as I rode the bike. A few Monarch Butterflies were appearing, as well.
The North Causeway brought me to the dike separating Vermet and Long Pond Units. As I walked the bike and scanned the Long Pond for the White-faced Ibis, I spotted one close to the east shoreline. Before I could get the scope out it flushed and flew to the west. Too bad, 'cause the morning sun was illuminating its irridescence beautifully! A fly-by American Bittern was a nice consolation. It landed in the cattails a good distance away.
I also took a short digiscoped video showing both birds foraging just 100' away...
Satisfied w/ my efforts I continued on back toward the car. One Little Blue Heron was still roosting in the same tree as earlier, so I spent a few more minutes trying to get some more digiscoped images. Moisture in the air prevented any clean captures, however, so I headed to the car.