[va-bird] Least Bittern and Pied-billed Grebe

  • From: Taberzz@xxxxxxx
  • To: va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 14:44:59 EDT

During the heavy, but much welcome, rain today at Hog Island WMA in Surry 
County, I watched for more than an hour as an adult female Least Bittern and 
two young moved around in the reeds, just above an adult Pied-billed Grebe 
that was feeding fish to three orange-billed, stripe-headed swimming chicks. 
These are quite unusual, as well as extremely shy, breeders around here.

There were also about 30 Least Terns, with newly-fledged young and for good 
measure, there were hundreds of Four-spotted Pennant dragonflies perched in 
the reeds, waiting out the storm.

A good deal of clearing has been done along the road, greatly improving the 
visibility of the fields, impoundments and the James River.

Brian Taber
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