These egrets were really white and easy to spot against the color of the trees. We saw them on Belle Isle and there must have at least five of them. They were all on the islands in the middle of the ponds. One sat low in a tree and, at first, I thought it was a swan. Then I said to myself - swans don’t sit in trees. My Dad and I thought they were some kind of heron, but then he looked it up and found out they were Great Egrets. I find it amazing how white they are.
In the Americas, the white form of the Great Blue Heron is larger than these egrets. The Great Egret used to be called the American Egret but that was not appropriate, since its range extends well beyond the American continents and farther than other herons.