Sunday, April 21, 2013

Snowy Great Egret

Yesterday, the first sunny day in the past week, Erika and I strolled in the Minnesota River National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, Minnesota. The night saw record 25 degree temperatures which, in turn, followed a nine-inch, mid-April snow-fall. This forlorn Great Egret probably regretted its return to Minnesota. The area in which we hiked, a series of small pools named the Bass Ponds, are spring fed. Other lakes contained open water, so at least the egret did have access to food sources. Despite objections by some English professors and editors, a snowy Great Egret seems to be a good argument for the capitalization of the common names of birds (and other animals and plants).

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