One of my students brought this to me. This was the best I could find from searching the internet. Please help us figure it out. FYI, I told him he needs to put it back because it is illegal to keep feathers.
Mendota Wildlife Area
Mendota, Fresno, California
10 January 2016
American Bittern (adult) West Walker residence Chicago Cook County IL October 2012 Jeff Skrentny FB1005 IMG_5577
The American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae.