Photo by Christy Hand, SC DNR
Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) breed in the United States mainly alongthe coasts, from Oregon and Maine southward andalong the Gulf of Mexico. They will also breed on inland wetland sites. The winter range of snowy egrets found along the Atlantic Coast extends from southern New Jersey south into the Bahamas, Cuba, and the Greater Antilles. The timing of breeding varies across the snowy egret’s range, typically occurring in the United States between March and May. A platform nest of sticks and twigs is built by both sexes, typically in a tree or shrub 5-30 feet off the ground. The female lays 2-6 pale blue-green eggs 1.7 inches long. Both sexes share in incubating the eggs for about 3 weeks. Snowy egrets have 1 brood per year. The young remain in the nest for about thirty days and are fed by both parents.