Saturday, June 4, 2016

Singing American Bittern

Yesterday I finally saw something I've wanted to for a very long time - a singing American Bittern. I have heard and seen them on numerous occasions, but never at the same time. These herons live in a wide variety of dense marshy habitats, but particularly seem to like cattail marshes, where they are basically impossible to see. Luckily, this bird near Milton was in some sparser grass, and provided great views! This is the first thing I saw:

And here's a video of it's bizarre call:


  1. They are neat to watch. We so often only hear them unseen in the marshes.

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  3. A couple of weeks ago I was on Giroux Street near Astorville and I spotted an American Bittern flying towards me. It was flying along a rather narrow stream. It froze when it saw me, but despite it's attempt to camouflage itself, it remained unusally conspicuous.