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Western Reef-Heron

Egretta gularis

Native to tropical coasts in the Old World, a single Western Reef-Heron created a sensation in 1983 by spending more than four months on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Since then the species has been found a few more times in eastern North America and many times in the Caribbean, suggesting that it may stray across fairly often from West Africa.
Family Herons, Egrets, Bitterns
Native to tropical coasts in the Old World, a single Western Reef-Heron created a sensation in 1983 by spending more than four months on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Since then the species has been found a few more times in eastern North America and many times in the Caribbean, suggesting that it may stray across fairly often from West Africa.
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