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Cattle egrets visit field near Grand Detour

Cattle egrets, an uncommon sight in the Ogle-Lee county region were spotted recently in a field along Illinois 2 recently.

The birds were busy foraging for bugs among a herd of cattle just south of Grand Detour at the end of May.

About 15 egrets were hanging out with the herd, but were gone the next day.

Cattle egrets have shorter legs and necks than other species because they spend most of their time in fields rather than streams, foraging at the feet of grazing cattle, and sometimes riding on their backs to pick at ticks.

They follow large animals, or even tractors, eating bugs stirred up from the ground.