American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 23 inches Wingspan: 45 inches
Medium-sized wading bird
Dark brown upperparts
Underparts streaked brown and white
Black malar streak
Yellow bill with dark culmen
Black primaries and secondaries
Sometimes "freezes" with neck held upwards
Immatures similar to adults but lack the malar streak
Least bittern is much smaller with buff wing coverts. Immature night-
herons have white spotting or streaking on the upperparts, lack the black
malar streak, have thicker bills, and lack the black primaries and second-
aries (a useful field mark in flight).
Breeding Habitat:Wetland-open water
Length of Incubation: 28-29 days
Days to Fledge:?
Number of Broods:?
Diet: Mostly aquatic invertebrates and fish; lesser quantities of reptiles or
amphibians and small mammals
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November Acc
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley