Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rail and Bittern outings a success! May 20 & 21, 2009

Both "Rail and Bittern" outings were successful! We had a very cooperative American Bittern that we were able to watch calling and a few Virginia Rails that put on a great display. The mosquitoes are now out in full force!

The American Bittern is easy to overlook in a cattail marsh but its distinctive call is a give away. We were close enough to hear the deep gulping "pump-er-lunk" call.

American Bittern blending into the dry cattails.

A Virginia Rail comes out of its cattail cover.

Good birding,

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