The American Bittern was photographed on Pennsylvania Ave. between Oakwood and Ryan Roads in Oakcreek, Wisconsin.

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The American Bittern is a stocky brown heron with a black stripe on the neck, a head usually pointed up, and green legs. It has a range of Canada to the Gulf States, and winters in Panama. It has a habitat of marshes, reedy lakes or water, and seldom sits in trees. Its head is usually pointed upward with the black neck streak seen. It has a diet of mostly fish and other aquatic life. They move slowly through marsh grass, and are difficult to see with so little movement.

 

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The Least Bittern was photographed at the Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana.

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The Least Bittern is a small thin bright buff brown Heron with a dark brown top and yellow legs. It has a range from southeastern Canada and eastern half of United States to northeastern Argentina. Its diet is mostly fish and insects. They move slowly through dense marsh grass, and are not easy to flush or to be seen. It climbs about in cattails, reeds, and other aquatic plants, clinging to the stems with its long toes.

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The adult Little Blue Heron was photographed at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.

The adult Little Blue Heron was photographed at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.

The immature Little BLue Heron was also photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

The immature Little Blue Heron was also photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

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The adult Little Blue Heron is a slender, medium sized Heron of bluish color with possibly brownish neck, dull olive green legs, and a thick tapered pale bluish bill with a black tip. The immature Little Blue Heron is all white with olive green legs, and a pale blue bill with a black tip. It has a range of the eastern United States to Peru and Argentina. It has a habitat of marshes, swamps, rice fields, ponds, and shores. Its diet is mainly small fish and crustaceans. It is slow and methodical in foraging in shallow water, on shore, or grassy fields.

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This Yeloow-Crowned Night Heron was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Lousiiana.

This Yellow-Crowned Night Heron was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana.

This Yellow-Crowned Night Heron was photographed in San Antonio, Texas on the River walk.

This Yellow-Crowned Night Heron was photographed in San Antonio, Texas on the River walk.

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The Yellow-Crowned Heron is a gray heron with a black head with a white cheek patch and crown. It has speckled wings and back, long yellow legs, and a stout bill. It has a range of the east and gulf coast and southern United States. It has a habitat of cypress swamps, mangroves, bayous, marshes, and stream. It feeds on crustaceans, mainly crabs and crayfish. It is a more solitary and secretive bird.

The smallest Heron, the Least Bittern, was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana

The smallest Heron, the Least Bittern, was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana

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Select this link to see Cameron Prairie National Refuge photos

The Least Bittern is a small thin bright buff brown Heron with a dark brown top and yellow legs. It has a range from southeastern Canada and eastern half of United States to northeastern Argentina. Its diet is mostly fish and insects. They move slowly through dense marsh grass, and are not easy to flush or to be seen. It climbs about in cattails, reeds, and other aquatic plants, clinging to the stems with its long toes.

This was the first day of sighting the Great Blue heron nest as the male landed above the nest and the female was sitting on the eggs.

On 4-3-2012 I got a sightings report that there was a Great Blue Heron Nest in Greenfield Park in West Allis, Wisconsin. The next day I went there to see if I could find the nest, and after asking several persons it was found in a tree on an island in the park pond. Since then I have followed and photographed the progress of the nesting period. You can see the photograph history by selecting the link below. I will add photos as the nesting process continues.

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The Green Heron was sited and photographed at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, WI

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The adult Green Heron has a bluish back, deep chestnut neck, and greenish yellow or orange legs. The immature Green Heron has a streaked neck. It has a habitat of lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, or streamsides, and ranges on the eastern half of the United States.

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