We finally got some good news Sunday morning when we received a report that Radar had been sighted in his usual area around the marsh. The last photos I have of him were taken Nov. 21 so he has been gone for a month. We were all starting to get quite concerned.
He has disappeared before, for even a couple of weeks, but this time everyone was worried that if we never saw him again we wouldn’t know for sure what had happened to him. Radar clearly has some secret place he sneaks off to on occasion! Perhaps the big crowd of pelicans and cormorants that all arrived in November got to be too much for him. He has never been a flock mentality type of bird and is more of a loner. A loner that feels he is head egret and basically owns the marsh.
Today was the first chance I had to go look for him and sure enough, there he was patrolling his territory like he was never gone. He even stared down and chased off another egret that dared to fish in ‘his’ salt marsh.
It was already dark and raining when I was there so it was just well that after about ten minutes Radar took off and flew out across the water.
In any case it was good seeing our electronically enhanced friend! 🙂