American Bittern makes an appearance!

What a thrill to get a glimpse of this beautiful, well-fed American Bittern. We were strolling along a boardwalk, when my husband suddenly spotted some movement in the tall marshy grasses . . .  and then the Bittern emerged!Known for its solitary and elusive behavior, this ‘stout heron’ can be found in dense freshwater marshes (http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/american-bittern), and […]

Surprise ~ Art Fair Bird Prints!!

My daughter is an incredible elementary school art teacher in New York City, and she puts on an awesome ART FAIR every spring featuring her students’ work. As always, the students take on various important roles, as gallery attendants, art-making station leaders, and hosts for countless family members and community visitors to the Art Fair. […]

Cattle Egrets at their finest

Cattle Egrets are generally rather non-descript little egrets, but their color transformation at this time of year is astonishing!Most remarkable is the way their plain orange-y beaks turn a striking, deep reddish-orange, with vivid purple lores around their eyes!The Cattle Egret’s breeding plumage also highlights their beautiful peach feathers, and they often appear to be wearing spiked […]