Everyone looks a little different in the evening

It’s interesting to observe how the colors of the late day sun affect a bird’s appearance. The Red-Bellied Woodpecker above that I spied on a recent early evening walk, certainly looked like he was enjoying the last rays of sun. We usually see the  Boat-tailed Grackle above in his brilliant, shimmering blue feathers in the daytime sun. […]

American Bittern – Two different days

The pretty American Bittern above was clearly on a mission last week, stalking very close to the boardwalk.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, this large Bittern is quite elusive, “uncommon and very inconspicuous,” (The Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd Ed.), so it’s always exciting to see one in full view, right near by. They can be nearly […]

Bet no one can see me now . . . . !

I recently saw this American Bittern strolling through the marsh.  American Bitterns are fun to spot, since they are usually very well-camouflaged – they blend right into their surroundings. Variously described as stealthy, secretive, and solitary, the American Bittern reacts to intruders by stopping in his tracks, stretching out his neck, and pointing his nose upward, trying ever so hard […]

Just another day in Paradise ~

The American Bittern featured above is one of those special, elusive birds that we don’t see out in the open very often.   Several birders stood watching him for the longest time . . . waiting for him to just DO something!  Meantime, he was very accommodating to stand in this little clearing and be […]