Date: 5/8/19 9:39 am From: Rebecca Hartman <rhartman...> Subject: [obol] Bittern in the open
I'm curious to learn how common it is for Bitterns to be in the open, and why they might be. I took a friend to Fernridge yesterday afternoon and as we walked west on the Royal path we saw a bird on the side of the path just past the turn to the platform. It appeared to be a Bittern in typical vertical head pose. Not convinced that light and angle might not be making a GBH into a Bittern, we crept forward as slowly as possible. It was clearly a Bittern and it did eventually fly, fully confirming for me. I was initially more skeptical than my companion, because I've never encountered a Bittern in the open like that. Thanks in advance for any illumination on this.