A white egret has been wandering around across the street from my office window all morning, moving back and forth from the side of southbound offramp to the Osprey grounds. It’s a pretty thing. I don’t know why it’s hanging around.

Can it be some kind of omen? If so, of what?

From A. Venenifica’s blog:

The Heron or Egret is symbolic in many cultures.

In Egypt the Heron is honored as the creator of light. A double headed Heron in Egypt is symbolic of prosperity.

In China the Heron is a symbol of strength, purity, and long life.

In Africa, the Heron was thought to communicate with the Gods.

Most Native American tribes took note of the heron’s inquisitiveness, curiosity and determination. As such this set the heron as a symbol of wisdom in that this creature seemed to have good judgement skills.

Specifically, the Iroquois tribe held the blue heron as a very good omen, a very lucky sign. They recongnized the heron as an expert fisher/hunter. As such, they believed that sighting a heron before a hunt was a sign that the hunt would be a good one.

As a water creature the heron is also a symbol of going with the flow, and working with the elements of Mother nature rather than struggling against her.

The photo comes from Naturalsciences.org.