Bashakill Least Bitterns

This morning I ran into Wilma Amthor on McDonald Road.  She told me she had been to the Bashakill and heard an unusual call off the Birch Trail in the area where the Virginia Rails are.  She imitated the sound and I knew immediately she had heard a Least Bittern.  A number of people have had Least Bitterns calling at the Bashakill this spring, but I hadn’t run into them yet.  I headed there when I was done and met Karen Miller. We set out along the trail and as soon as we came to open marsh on the inland side, began hearing a Least Bittern calling. We recorded it on our phones, but don’t know how to download it from the phone.  We’ll figure it out.  We walked a couple hundred feet farther, and had a second Least Bittern calling much closer to the trail than the first. We were quite certain it was a different bird, and it was confirmed when the first was calling in its same spot on our return walk. Three Virginia Rails and quite a few Common Gallinule were all calling in the same general vicinity as well.

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