The Snowy Egret is well known for its ‘Golden Slippers.’ It is an active, rather small white heron with a slender black bill, black legs and bright yellow feet. As it wades along, it often shuffles its feet to stir up food. This bird is smaller than a common egret. On cold, foggy mornings, we often see a snowy near the shore all hunched over and looking irritable. But when the sun comes out, they are active again.
We seldom see a snowy egret when we walk the trail at the confluence of the Elk River and Humboldt Bay. However, if we walk the bay shore in Arcata, they are more plentiful. Most of the herons, common egrets and snowy egrets share the nesting site in a tall grove of trees on Woodley Island.