An egret flies in to form a cluster of the water-wading birds near Tekakwitha Woods in St. Charles at sunset. Low water levels have great egrets and great blue herons gathering in large groups to feed.
A great blue heron takes flight on the Fox River in St. Charles.
Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer
A heron and an egret don't let a speeding jet ski distract them as they hunt for food in the Fox River near Ferson Creek Park in St. Charles.
RICK WEST | Staff Photographer ¨
A group of great herons gathers at the wildlife refuge at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
About this Article
They stand motionless in the river, statues of pure white, pillars of slate gray. Eyes fixed on the water. Watching. Waiting. These still-as-stone creatures are egrets and herons — great egrets and great blue herons, to be exact. Many people have asked me about them this month, as the birds are convening conspicuously in the Fox River.