Spring weather did not follow me to Cape Breton,
but I had a lovely ride up
through central Maine to Caribou and beyond!!
We happened across a very large flock of the ubiquitous
Yellow-rumped Warblers (Dendroica coronata),
feasting along the banks of a river,
which afforded a great photo op!
Generally, I'll take several pictures,
hoping for one or two keepers,
but this day, they were all good.
Further along on our trip north, we pulled into a nice, bug infested spot,
hoping to see a Rail or perhaps a Sora. Much to our surprise, we
found an American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus!),
who graced us with his appearance for quite a long while.
Funny how the black flies didn't seem to be a bother at all
while I was consumed with the excitementitis at
the arrival of this bird.
I was amazed at the size of this wading bird
as it flew in to check us out.
It's wingspan was between 37" - 45" wide.
But then I learned the American Bittern
is a member of the heron family
and it's size made a little more sense.
If the Bittern thinks it has been seen, it will point it's bill upward,
and blend right in with the reeds and cattails.
If you've never heard a Bittern, you need to
take an extra moment to give a listen!!
You won't be disappointed, but you might be a little surprised.
American Bittern - CHECK!
Number 299 on my life list!! Yay!
I owe a lot of thanks to my brother-in-law,
who made a special effort to stop here,
knowing I'd never seen any of these three elusive birds
(a Sora, a Rail, or a Bittern).