Photo: Glossy Ibis in Flight
- a few Great Blue Herons;
- over a hundred Great Egrets;
- a few Little Blue Herons;
- Several Green Herons;
- a pair of Black-crowned night herons;
- Dozens of Snowy Egrets;
- a group of eight Glossy Ibises (the one pictured here is one in flight, coming into the roost).
If you're into birding at all, it also provides for great opportunity to learn the differences between immature little blue herons and snowy egrets. They're both about half the size of a great egret and predominantly white birds, but there are some key differences that can be put in clear contrast here, as the snowys tend to hang out at the same spots as the little blues.
This won't be here much longer; these birds will all be migrating soon so get down there when you can. This sort of roosting site is commonly visible in some areas, but in New England it's rare to see a roost site with so many different kinds of birds making themselves so very and obviously visible for an extended period. And be sure not to just look at the roost, but to check the skies as they come in because watching them land is a great part of the show. Most birds come in from the left side, but a few will travel from the South as well.
Related: Salisbury Egret Roost photo gallery.