This was a treat; extra special thanks to the two nice women who Ms. Killdeer and I ran into on the trail who told us to scan the reeds for a bittern. We all stood there and chatted and marveled at this strange and beautiful bird. Good times. Hashtag birdnerds.
Standing near pond on grass
The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae.