SF Weekly Birdwatching: Today on Mission Creek

By John Geluardi

Friday, Oct. 24th

A young snowy egret has been feeding on small crustaceans along the rocky banks of Mission Creek. The bird stands stock still for long periods of time waiting for unwitting prey to come within range of its speak-like black beak.

It’s a blessing anytime you see a snowy egret given that they were almost hunted to extinction because of their beautiful white plumes. The feathers sold for $80 per once (four times the cost of gold at the time) and were very popular at wedding ceremonies. The elegant, pure white feathers were meant to symbolize the bride’s virginity, which may, or may not have been intact.

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