The bittern pair had not been seen for days, but a mammoth Snapping Turtle was seen lounging in the nest vicinity. With at least 10 scopes and another 10 binoculars scanning the lake, the male Least Bittern was discovered far from the original nest area.
#399 for Cute Hubby and #803 for me.
I don't have a clue how many birds I have seen.
I count too much stuff in my day job.
Least Bitterns are super cool birds that also happen to be super small and super well camouflaged.
A tricks-y birds to say the Least. (that bordered on a bad Dan Haas joke...)
The male Least Bittern looks all male-bird-smart with a dark cap, brown bod and orange and white stripes running down his neck. The female looks muted, dull and boring.
Just your typical bird sexual dichromatism.
What makes them super cool is that in Least Bittern world, the male does quite a bit of the housework. The male is the primary nest builder while the female watches. The male Least Bittern also helps with incubation. He even hangs around long to feed the young.
Committed fellows, wouldn't you say?
We also saw a life tree!
The American Chestnut Tree. At one time, there were over 3 billion of these trees.
Good luck, Oxbow Lake American Chestnut!
You look like the perfect meal for a Oxbow Lake Snapping Turtle.