American Bitterns Nesting in Connecticut

Parent American Bittern seeking frogs.

Parent American Bittern seeking frogs.

Yesterday we went with a friend up to Sherman, Connecticut to see the nesting American Bitterns that have been reported at Wimisink Marsh Preserve.  This is very exciting for Connecticut birders as these birds are endangered here and it has been many years since they have been observed nesting in the state.  We walked down their lovely, new wheelchair accessible boardwalk and saw one of the adult birds right in front of us, fishing for frogs (of which there many if you go by all the booming calls).  A brief search disclosed the three chicks, now half the size of the adult, hunkered down on a large reedy hummock in the marsh.

One of the big, fluffy chicks.

One of the big, fluffy chicks.

I’m trying a new digiscoping technique, (which involves attaching a camera to my scope) and these are the best of the pictures of the bitterns.  It’s clear I need a lot of practice, but I’m hopeful of better results soon.

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    Carla said,

    Very nice photos of a usually shy and secretive marsh dweller.
    Carla

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  2. 2

    Remember the day we saw all those Least Bitterns?

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    peg.North@gmail.com said,

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Denise Hughes said,

    Bitterns are such interesting birds! I’ve been hoping to see one since spring but no luck. Nice photos.

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