The 2017 Montrose haul featured cattle egret, snowy egret, western grebe, piping plover, laughing gull, American bittern
, lark sparrow, scissor-tailed flycatcher, Bell's vireo, Kentucky warbler, summer tanager and yellow-headed blackbird.
The intercostal artery has been reported to arise from the subclavian artery in the family Fringillidae (Glenny, 1942b), in the Ara-ararauna (blue and gold macaw) (Glenny, 1951), in the American bittern
by Glenny (1940) and in the Grus americana (whooping crane) by Fisher (1955).
Because secretive marsh birds are difficult to detect without the use of broadcast calls (Conway and Gibbs 2011), standardized broadcast surveys should be used to estimate numbers of breeding birds such as Virginia Rail, probable nesters such as American Bittern
, and species rarely detected during the breeding season, such as Sora.
The two plots of land, both about 2-1/2 acres, will be restricted from change, preserving the rural look of the area and providing protection to two endangered species on the property: the Blanding's turtle and the American bittern
, a wading bird in the heron family.
Among the more rare sightings: a flame-headed, yellow-bodied western tananger; a secretive Virginia rail, denizen of marshes; and an American bittern
, a heron much less easy to spot than the ubiquitous great blue.
The vision I still have going back to the 1930s is of what looked like bedraggled miniature badger pushing a supine American bittern
along on the surface of a local pond until it could be reached by a boyhood buddy.
The exhibit features four colorful habitat dioramas with corresponding taxidermy birds, including the Red Knot, Bobolink, Red-Headed Woodpecker, and the American Bittern
From hiking trails, observation decks and driving routes, visitors can see many species of waterfowl, Great Blue Herons, Anhingas, wading birds, Prothonotary Warbler, Bobolink and American Bittern
Four of these species, the American Bittern
, Least Bittern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Black Tern, are listed among Indiana's endangered species (Buskirk 1993).
The two birds are the American bittern
, and the Pied-billed grebe.
Another distinctive call you are likely to hear in the Fern Ridge area is the "oonk-a-lunk" of the American Bittern
I was in search of the American Bittern
, a secretive wading bird whose camouflaged plumage allows it to go unnoticed among the emergent vegetation at the pond's edge.