Here's my photo - bird staying very hidden in same approximate location.
I think it's interesting that the 1949 Birds of North Carolina states this
about Least Bitterns:
"Cairns reported them common in Buncombe County fifty years ago."
How times have changed!
On 5/11/20 9:23 AM, Aaron Steed wrote:
What a surprise! Spotted at about 7:45 AM this morning. Brief but really
great view from S Overlook, looking towards the wood duck box and grasses at
the N overlook. Bird was
visible in a gap between the grasses but soon went behind the grass and out
of sight. Unfortunately my camera battery died instantly upon turning on and
I was unable to get a
The last (and maybe only other) record of Least Bittern for Buncombe Co was
on May 10, 1984 at Warren Wilson/Owen Park. There are a handful of other
records from the NC Mtns,
mostly from Henderson Co in summer and fall, but nothing since 2011. One was
even seen at Mt. Mitchell SP on Oct 7, 2000!
Hopefully this one hangs around long enough for others to get a view and
maybe a photo!
Happy social distanced birding,
Ventures Birding Tours
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