Nick Shepherd and I followed up on Rob Fowler s report of a Least Bittern at Rodman Slough. In a hour and a half of watching, starting at about 6:30 pm onMessage 1 of 2 , Aug 3, 2008View SourceNick Shepherd and I followed up on Rob Fowler's report of a Least
Bittern at Rodman Slough. In a hour and a half of watching, starting
at about 6:30 pm on Sunday, August 3, we were able to briefly view the
bird three separate times, twice when it was flushed by a passing
fishing boat. We endured the constant whining of an Osprey from the
nest near the parking lot while we were able to watch a Green Heron
working the shallows on the far side of the slough. Since neither of
us was familiar with the bittern, I was somewhat concerned about
distinguishing it from the similarly colored, but much larger, Green
Heron. But with the heron fresh in our minds, the diminutive size and
orange-brown sides made the identification relatively easy. In the
slanting evening sun, the bird appeared to flash gold as it flew away
from us across the water.
Thanks, Rob, for posting your find and for your excellent directions.
Mon, 04 Aug 2008, 07:43-08:43 -- The shank o the morning. I decided to move on the LEAST BITTERN report quickly since I have missed seeing them at KelseyMessage 1 of 2 , Aug 4, 2008View SourceMon, 04 Aug 2008, 07:43-08:43 -- The shank o'the morning. I decided to
move on the LEAST BITTERN report quickly since I have missed seeing them
at Kelsey Creek in the past. I walked out from the Rodman Slough parking
lot to the picnic tables, down to the rocks, and across the planks where I
stationed myself to watch the tules to the south. At 08:06 I saw a Least
Bittern fly into the tules just about where they disappear from sight. A
few minutes later a Green Heron flew the same path giving a nice
comparison of size and pattern. Ten minutes later the Least Bittern flew
back east across the mouth of the slough and into the tip of the tules on
the east side. About ten minutes later it flew back west across the water
and landed in sight for about 30 seconds. Finally about ten minutes
later again it flew east into the tip of the tules. This habit of flying
back and forth across the water made it a pretty easy find. The harsh
E-SE light made it hard for me to resolve the age question. This would be
a nice place to prowl around in a canoe. Thanks Rob and Mike.
On the return trip I stopped by Reclamation Road where there was an
American Bittern (Great Bittern) sitting in the open in a damp field
- making it a six-heron morning.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA