Today, Martha Pfeiffer, Jim Shea and I decided to see what was going on in our neighborhood here in the southland.  We started at ponds in E. Dorset, and worked our way south to Hildene and into Arlington for Howell's Campgd/pond and Miller's Pond.  
We saw 3 Gt Egrets ourselves - and did not think we were double counting.  We had people stop at Miller's Pond and tell us that they had seen 4 Gt Egrets all at once on the pond a day or two prior.  
Ruth Stewart
E Dorset
Location: Frosts   - Rte 7 in N. Dorset 
Observation date: 8/25/10
Notes: Combined count from Demming Pond and Frost's Pond. 65degrees, misty rain. 
Number of species: 8
Great Egret 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Rock Pigeon 9
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Blue Jay 6
European Starling 65
American Goldfinch 2
Location: Bullhead Pond  Rte 7A about 4 mi N of Manchester
Observation date: 8/25/10
Notes: Birds at Bullhead Pond and MCClub Pond
Number of species: 10

Wood Duck 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 4
Merlin 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 1
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tennessee Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
American Goldfinch 2

Location: Hildene - Lincoln Family Home  S of Manchester on Rte 7a
Observation date: 8/25/10
Notes: Sharpshin seen in Manchester Ctr. Little trickle of water in middle after heavy rains.
Number of species: 10

Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Chimney Swift 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 25
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Gray Catbird 7
Cedar Waxwing 5
Northern Cardinal 1
American Goldfinch 5

Location: Arl 5, incl Howells  middle of Arlington just W of Rte 7a
Observation date: 8/25/10
Number of species: 13

Wood Duck 5
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Gray Catbird 6
Cedar Waxwing 15
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 2
American Goldfinch 6
Location: Miller's Pond   S of Arl. off Rte 7a
Observation date: 8/25/10
Number of species: 9

Mallard 8
Green-winged Teal (American) 20
Great Blue Heron 2
Mourning Dove 3
Belted Kingfisher 2
American Crow 9
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 16