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 Post subject: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Jun 27 7:05 pm 
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One of the Bitterns at Terra Nova was obliging today and out of the reeds at the pond.

ImageAmerican Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) - Richmond, BC by Birdergirl, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Jun 27 8:14 pm 
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Nice one - I'd heard the Bitterns calling before we went on vacation to Kaslo and given the good weather I should be out there prowling my Terra Nova paths. Unfortunately other priorities, and "other peoples' panics" have kept me from getting out right now.

More incentive to get out there later this week.


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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Jun 27 9:52 pm 
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Nice picture of a secretive bird! I've yet to see one, I've only heard them before. Is terra nova a good place to see them? I've heard reports from colony farm as well.

nice pic, owlet (adam!)

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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Thanks Guys for the kind words.

Adam yes Terra Nova, Reifel and Serpentine Fen are all good places to see them but they are secretive birds I hear them more than I see them. However, I have had the most luck at Reifel and Terra Nova.

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
PostPosted: Jun 28 5:45 am 
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Nice shot Mel!
been a few years since i've seen one, but the last one i did see was at Terra Nova.

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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Nice photo!

I rarely find them, on average once every few years. Last year I was pleasantly surprised to see one as I was quietly sitting on the bench near the intersection of the main trails at Colony Farm.

I also found one at the edge of Burnaby Lake near Wildlife Rescue a few months ago, my first AMBI in Burnaby Lake Park in 25 years of birding there.

In past years, I've seen AMBI at Ladner Harbour Park and DeBoughville Slough.


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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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Great find and capture Mel! Best i could do was a cell phone shot of one crossing the road near Glover in Langley last year. Another bird to look forward to.

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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Thanks a lot guys!

Joe you saw some Bitterns in some great spots thanks for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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The American Bittern at Terra Nova has been out in the open the past few days. He has been spending his time by the pond.

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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Great find!
I saw one last year at Catbird Slough near Grant Narrows!
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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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That's awesome Matt they are always a treat to see!

Here are a few photos that Cory McIvor got of the Bittern yesterday:

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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Alberto Vilca et al. had the American Bittern standing out in the open at the Terra Nova Pond today.

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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Bittern continues at Terra Nova.

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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2 Bitterns were present today at Terra Nova at the end of Francis Rd.

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 Post subject: Re: American Bittern - Richmond
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here are the 2 Bitterns at the end of Francis Road.

ImageAmerican Bittern by Cory, on Flickr

ImageAmerican Bittern by Cory, on Flickr


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