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March 2018 Bird of the Month – Least Bittern

Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis (c) 2017 Anne DuPont. All Rights Reserved.

March’s Bird of the Month is the Least Bittern, and here is the article in the upcoming March 2018 Kite written by Clive and Celecia Pinnock.

March Bird of the Month – Least Bittern

Considered by some to be one of the most beautiful in the heron family, the Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) is the world’s smallest heron. It showcases a combination of black, brown, yellow, and white streaks which help to mask the bird’s presence in its marsh environment. It has a pointed yellow bill, yellow eyes, and long legs that are green in the front and yellow in the back. In adult males the back and crown are black; brown replaces the black in females and juveniles. Also, the streaking on the back and breast of juvenile birds is more pronounced.

Like its larger counterpart, the American Bittern, the Least Bittern may freeze with its bill pointed upward when alarmed. This behavior and its cryptic markings give the bird a distinct advantage over unsuspecting prey and hide it from the prying eyes of predators. Least Bitterns seem to prefer denser freshwater marshes than the American Bittern and most of these favored marshes are primarily composed of reeds, cattail, sedges, bulrushes and other marsh vegetation. The birds are occasionally observed on the fringes of the wetland while foraging and sometimes even in brackish water marshes.

Here in South Florida, resident populations of Least Bitterns are joined in the fall and winter months by northern breeding populations escaping the freezing effects of northern winters. Due to their secretive nature, it is challenging to observe the birds, and they are more easily identified at the start of the breeding season in spring, when the males become quite vocal.

Photographer’s please note: Next month’s BOM is the REDDISH EGRET.

Please check out the picture by Anne DuPont in the March KITE cover and to see the slide show of the entire virtual gallery this month, along with photographer etc  — click on BOM SLIDE SHOW below the pictures displayed here:

BOM SLIDE SHOW – March 2018 Bird of the Month – Least Bittern

Birding Field Trips Update – 2/20/18

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2/20/18 UPDATE: Due to price increase from new ownership, the Blue Cypress Lake in Indian River County has been canceled. The original trip details were:

April 21 Sat (All Day) Blue Cypress Lake (Rick Schofield)

Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, some sites where the birding field trips are held are not ready . . . → Read More: Birding Field Trips Update – 2/20/18

Monthly Meeting & Lecture “Barn Owls – Nature’s Mousetrap” by Dr. Richard Raid

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Monthly Meeting and Lecture

“Barn Owls – Nature’s Mousetrap” by Dr. Richard Raid, Professor/Plant Pathologist and Manager of the Barn Owl Project, Everglades Research and Education Center, University of Florida

Date and Time

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. meeting & lecture.

Program Overview

Come hear Dr. Raid present “Barn Owls – Nature’s Mousetrap” His . . . → Read More: Monthly Meeting & Lecture “Barn Owls – Nature’s Mousetrap” by Dr. Richard Raid

February 2018 KITE newsletter is now online

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The February 2018 issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.

February 2018 Bird of the Month – American Bittern

American Bittern 2 (c) 2006 Paul Thomas. All rights reserved. Dec 15, American Bittern digesting Yellow-bellied Water Snake at Loxahatchee NWR, Boynton Beach, West PBC, Fl

February’s Bird of the Month is the American Bittern, and here is the article in the upcoming February 2018 Kite written by Clive Pinnock.

February Bird of the Month – American Bittern

The Houdini of the heron family, the American Bittern is quite adept at doing the “Now you see me, now you don’t” . . . → Read More: February 2018 Bird of the Month – American Bittern

Funding shortage puts Palm Beach County’s Natural Areas at risk

Royal Palm Pines Natural Area after Hurricane Irma

Royal Palm Pines Natural Area after Hurricane Irma

Recent article from the Palm Beach Post (PDF Version) outlining the budgeting issues facing Palm Beach County’s Natural Areas. From the Cypress Creek Natural Area down to Pondhawk Natural Area, the natural areas has provided wonderful birding opportunities to view birds in their native environment. These . . . → Read More: Funding shortage puts Palm Beach County’s Natural Areas at risk

January 2018 KITE newsletter is now online

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The January 2018 issue of the Everglade Kite is now online.