Least Bittern showed well around midday for a small group of us observing
from the N Overlook in the same area Aaron described.
On Mon, May 11, 2020 at 11:12 AM Jay Wherley <jrw@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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 reallygreat 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 andout of sight. Unfortunately my camera battery died instantly upon turning
on and I was unable to get a
photo. Ugh!was on May 10, 1984 at Warren Wilson/Owen Park. There are a handful of
The last (and maybe only other) record of Least Bittern for Buncombe Co
other records from the NC Mtns,
mostly from Henderson Co in summer and fall, but nothing since 2011. Onewas even seen at Mt. Mitchell SP on Oct 7, 2000!
maybe a photo!
Hopefully this one hangs around long enough for others to get a view and
Happy social distanced birding,
Ventures Birding Tours
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