snowy egret

noun

Definition of snowy egret 

: a white American egret (Egretta thula) having a slender black bill, black legs, and yellow feet

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The back of the Cumberland Island 25-cent piece shows a snowy egret about to take flight amid the island’s celebrated salt marshes. Ben Nadler, The Seattle Times, "US Mint rolls out quarter honoring Georgia barrier island," 3 Sep. 2018 New arrivals included one rusty blackbird, two snowy egrets, and 18 northern shovelers. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings in Massachusetts," 21 Apr. 2018 Some of the birds that are currently protected under the act include the bald eagle, snowy egret and great blue heron. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Osprey nest at a construction crane finds a new home," 7 June 2018 Two islands off the Milford and Westbrook shorelines have been closed to the public to protect key nesting habitat for snowy egrets, great egrets, glossy ibis and little blue herons, state environmental officials announced Wednesday. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Islands Off Milford, Westbrook Closed To Protect Nesting Birds," 23 May 2018 Most recently, a snowy egret showed up, again at McAlpine Park. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "‘One-Day Wonders’ make birders rush for a glimpse of the rarity | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 Visitors may spot snowy egrets, great blue herons, banded cormorants, wood storks, black vultures and anhingas – a.k.a. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gatorland becomes bird land, and photographers flock there," 7 Apr. 2018 Little blue herons and snowy egrets were up 62 and 54 percent. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Record rain led to bonanza year for Florida’s wading birds. Just not in the right places | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 At the shoreline are snowy egrets doing their own fishing. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Ajijic: Mexico’s expat paradise on the lake," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of snowy egret

1859, in the meaning defined above

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