- Relatively short legs
- Dark brown upperparts
- Underparts streaked brown and white
- Black slashes on sides of neck
- Yellow bill with dark upper ridge
Listen to its call.
I'm very excited about today's bird. For those of you who have been following my blog from the beginning, you may remember my disappointment last January at not being able to locate this bird in the reed beds at Swan Lake. On a number of occasions, I heard its distinctive call but it always managed to keep itself well hidden. Today, thankfully, it wasn't able to blend in quite as well with its surroundings, not that it didn't try. As soon as it caught sight of me, it ducked its head into the reeds.
Learn more about the American Bittern.