Re: Am. Bittern in Potter Valley
- Kate Marionchild and I went to the pond by the cemetery today and
the bittern is still there. Beautiful creature! We watched it
for a long time. I was amazed by it's ability to blend in. As I
looked at it, it slowly shifted it's body, coming into exact alignment
with the cattails until it disappeared, with me still looking at it
but no longer able to distinguish it from it's background. The
cattails were slightly bent in one direction, probably from a storm,
and the bittern bent it's body to exactly the same angle, with it's
colors exactly matching the shades of brown of cattails in the sun.
It was like the way foxes can shift their shape until what
you know is still the fox, transforms to look like a log in the shadows.
--- In Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com, chaniot@... wrote:
> Thu, 17 Jan 2008 -- This evening I saw an AMERICAN BITTERN on the
> McMenomey Vineyard pond just to the south of the Potter Valley
> West Road. This is only the second bittern that I have seen in
> 35 years. You can see into the pond from the south end of the cemetery.
> Look for the small patch of cattails on the east end. There were also a
> few American Goldeneyes, Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks. About a quarter
> mile to the south at sunset there was an adult BALD EAGLE sitting in the
> dead top of a redwood.
> George Chaniot
> Potter Valley, MEN, CA