[CT Birds] Question re AM. BITTERNS

Nick Bonomo nbonomo at gmail.com
Mon Jun 30 11:41:56 EDT 2014

Hi Angela,

It is absolutely possible, if not probable, that the bitterns are breeding there. They could be well along in the process and especially quiet right now. Repeat visits as the season progresses may reveal young birds if they are successful. Being a rare breeding bird in the state, this is an encouraging observation.

Thanks for keeping us posted.

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT

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> On Jun 30, 2014, at 10:24 AM, Angela Dimmitt via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> From Angela Dimmitt
> 6/30 Sherman - is it possible that American Bitterns stop calling when  
> they are nesting?  I saw one (or possibly 2 in the same area) flying  over the 
> Wimisink marsh in northern Sherman on June 16 around 6 PM, but did not  hear 
> anything.  I returned several times in the early morning and early  evening 
> that week, listened and played a tape - nothing.  Then June 21  at about 
> 6:30 AM, Russ Naylor saw one flying in the same area but heard  nothing.  That 
> evening I returned - nada.  
> In 2006 a bittern was seen and heard in the marsh April 18, 2 were  
> observed 4/26, one was noted May 14 and was last heard on May 22.  We  assumed they 
> had left - but perhaps not - were they nesting and staying  very silent???  
> The CT Breeding Bird Atlas implies they would have moved on  to their 
> breeding localities, and at that point only one nesting was  confirmed (in 
> Sharon).  This being the end of June, is it possible they are  here now and 
> nesting???
> Angela Dimmitt
> _angeladimmitt at aol.com_ (mailto:angeladimmitt at aol.com) 
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