- I re-located the Least Bittern this morning on the Meadowlark Trail in
Merced NWR. I walked the trail in a clock-wise direction and just after
crossing the wooden bridge I stopped to listen. I didn't hear the bird
so began walking and after a few paces I noticed a Virginia Rail feeding
just 10 feet away. While watching the Rail the Least Bittern flushed
from the cattails crossed the trail just few yards in front of me and
settled back into the cattails. That was it! A new life bird for me!
Thanks to Mike Feighner and others for posting the information about the
- Today at the Yolo Wildlife Area there was a persistent Least Bittern in the reeds on the far side of the pond at parking lot F.
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- Yes, they were reported yesterday by the Yolo Bypass people. They have
known about them for some time but were waiting until the juveniles
could fly to report them. They have bred at the Yolo Bypass before.
When you actually see them, they are very different from the Green
Herons - a completely different jizz, and they are much more brightly