Near Modoc Point, Oregon, five egrets in flight. Wing span measures about 50 inches, too small for pelicans. Great egrets are numerous around Upper Klamath Lake and the rivers and marshlands of Southern Oregon.
Oh...well, here's how I came to that conclusion: I found several photos of them flying together in rough formation. They have a wingspan of 52 to 67 in. and on GE they're about 50-55". The great white pelican and American white pelican have a wingspan of 8.0–9.7 ft. So, that's how I deduced these are great egrets. Since we have so many pelicans, I had first posted them as such - then, I measured the wingspan. It's unfortunate that on GE the heads are blurry.
Nice find, syzygy, what do you think they are? I don't think I've noticed any lately, either. My best real-life bird in flight experience was accidentally catching a massive migration of geese directly above my house, returning north. The sound was amazing and they must have gone on for about 2 miles. There was no one around me to share it with. I have never caught another one like that!
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. - W.H. Davies, from "Leisure"