Date: 1/10/19 3:25 pm
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] American Bittern
The American Bittern is fairly out in the open (by bittern standards anyway). Nice views of this infrequent visitor. As described, across from the lake from the first park bench heading north after the first two islets.

Aaron Maizlish
> On Jan 10, 2019, at 12:25 PM, C Lou <cdlou37...> wrote:
> 1220pm. AMERICAN BITTERN still hidden in tules.
> Almost directly across from bench. Well hidden.
> Calvin Lou
> SF
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "Dan Murphy via Groups.Io" <murphsf=<>
> Date: 1/10/19 11:30 AM (GMT-08:00)
> To: SF Birds <sfbirds...>
> Cc: <SFBirds...>
> Subject: [SFBirds] American Bittern
> This morning shortly after 10 a.m. Joan and I saw an American Bittern on the east shore of north lake. It's not visible from the path since it was on the edge of a stand of bulrush. It was clearly visible from the path on the west side of the lake. From the south end of the lake walk past the first island. Go past the second willow covered island to the bench facing the lake. From there check the shoreline across the lake. As we watched the bittern was tucked, but came to attention when a crawdad apparently walked past him. The bird jumped in the water, snatched the crawdad, got out of the water and devoured the thing. We had a total of 21 species, but all were common.
> Good birding,
> Dan Murphy

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