The American Bittern (Scientific name - Botaurus lentiginosus) is a stocky heron found in marshes and reed beds. It Breeds in Canada and the Northern U.S. and migrates to Mexico and Central America and is also found in the Caribbean. The American Bittern is a solitary bird and because of its coloration is difficult to see. If it senses it is being approached it will stand still and lift its head straight up to blend in.
The American Bittern has a thick neck and bill. It is mainly brown with beige and white streaks/stripes.
Photos taken March 2013 at the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, B.C.