Date: 5/8/19 9:42 am From: Donald Burns <burnsdacey...> Subject: [obol] Re: Bittern in the open
Easier to find in the open and we have seen them in the open many times, both at Malheur, Ridgefield NWR and in the wetlands west of Banks Oregon. Usually hunting for food in the wet grass.
Don Burns, Raleigh Hills, Portland, Oregon.
> On May 8, 2019, at 9:38 AM, Rebecca Hartman <rhartman...> wrote:
> 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.