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What

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)

Observer

krissyleigh

Date

May 17, 2019 03:18 PM CDT

Description

I'm not sure who was more startled, me or him! I turned around and he was on the path behind me! I'm very suspicious that he was following me. For what nefarious purpose, I can't possibly say.

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Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)

Observer

hudson_birdsrio

Date

October 20, 2018 08:26 AM -03

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Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)

Observer

greglasley

Date

April 26, 2018 03:52 PM CDT

Description

This is an interesting story with a happy ending. My friend David Ferry and I were driving along Hwy 87 at 60 mph near Crystal Beach, Texas, when I glimpsed what I thought was a Least Bittern standing on the very edge of the road with cars whizzing past. I made a U turn and went back where we indeed found a Least Bittern, resting back on its tarsus joints within inches of passing traffic. I picked up the bird and we stood on the side of the road to examine it. My best guess is that (1) it took a glancing blow off a car windshield, perhaps, or (2) It was totally exhausted from migrating across the Gulf of Mexico. It did not seem to be badly injured and its wings did not seem to be broken. Rather than just leave it here on the road to be crushed and killed I decided we would take it to a nearby marsh area off the roadway where it could die in peace and dignity. So we drove off with Dave holding the bird in his lap and heading to a marsh well off the road where I know Least Bitterns were present. We put the bird down on the edge of the marsh and it just stood there looking at us. I was about to just drive away and let nature take its course, but decided to take a few more shots of the bird. I got down low to the bird's level and it went into the characteristic bittern pose by stretching its neck high and trying to look like a swaying bit of marsh grass. It kept a watchful eye on me from both sides of its raised bill and image 1 shows this action. The bird then started slowly walking away from us. I bent down to take another shot and the bittern took flight and flew out into the marsh and out of sight. I choose to believe it recovered and is doing well.

near Crystal Beach,
Galveston Co., Texas
26 April 2018

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What

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)

Observer

dchernack

Date

June 7, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

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What

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Observer

stoyko

Date

February 20, 2022 11:14 AM PST

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What

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)

Observer

katalinac113

Date

October 10, 2021

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What

Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus)

Observer

hispalensis

Date

November 9, 2021 11:06 AM CET

Description

Trapped specimen in the trash

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What

Pointed-leaved Tick-Trefoil (Hylodesmum glutinosum)

Observer

mattireland

Date

August 14, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

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What

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

Observer

spyle64

Date

September 26, 2019 04:43 PM CDT

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What

Little Blue Heron × Snowy Egret (Egretta caerulea × thula)

Observer

brdnrdr

Date

September 19, 2021 08:55 AM CDT

Description

Literally the epitome of "hybrid" Every single characteristic of this bird is half and half. What a cool bird

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What

Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas)

Observer

leealloway

Date

February 18, 2008 12:22 PM EST

Description

Blue morph

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What

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)

Observer

lucistpi

Date

August 15, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

Description

Juvenile

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What

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Observer

belyykit

Date

February 20, 2020 03:29 PM EST

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American Great Egret (Ardea alba ssp. egretta)

Observer

jpleonar

Date

December 15, 2017 11:49 AM EST

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What

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Observer

roomthily

Date

September 12, 2021 09:39 AM MST

Description

pair, not sure where the second went

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Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Observer

jonrobson

Date

May 17, 2021 08:25 AM PDT

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Pelagic Cormorant (Urile pelagicus)

Observer

cooleoptera

Date

August 21, 2021 10:10 PM UTC

Description

Eating a gunnel

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What

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

Observer

kirk_gardner

Date

August 15, 2021 07:27 AM CDT

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What

Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)

Observer

christoph_moning

Date

April 10, 2021 07:32 PM CEST

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What

Loki Hairstreak (Callophrys loki)

Observer

mesene

Date

February 2012

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What

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Date

February 22, 2019 05:47 PM PST

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