Edge-Water Birds

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BIRDS



Birds of Prey
EaglesFalconsHawksOspreyOwls


Waterfowl
DucksGeeseSwans


Edge-Water Birds
BitternsCranesEgretsHerons


Galliforms
GrousePheasantsTurkeys


Corvids
CrowsJays


Other Birds
BlackbirdsCardinalsChickadeesCormorantsCreepersCuckoosDovesFinchesGrebesGrosbeaksGullsHummingbirdsKingfisherKingletsLarksLoonsNight JarsNuthatchesOriolesPhalaropesPigeonsPipitsPloversRailsSandpipersShrikeSparrowsStarlingsSwiftsSwallowsTernsTanagersThrashersThrushesTitmiceTowheesTyrant FlycatchersWarblersWaxwingsWoodpeckersWrensVireoVultures

Not an official term, local "edge-water birds" is here meant to categorize Bitterns, Cranes, Egrets, and Herons.

Bitterns

American Bittern

(Botaurus lentiginosus)

Least Bittern

(Ixobrychus exilis)

This diminutive heron is fairly common in its preferred wetland habitat, but secretive and easily overlooked. Found in marshes with a mix of open water and vegetation, often with cattails, phragmites, or lily pads. Usually seen perched motionless, straddling reeds at the edge of water or on a short dash flying just above the reeds. Its soft song, "coo-coo-coo," is heard at night. Attractive pattern of orange, black, and white is distinctive among herons. Female drabber than male. Feeds on small fish.

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) - © Ken Czworka
Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) - © Ken Czworka

Cranes

Sandhill Crane

(Grus canadensis)

Egrets

  • Great Egret (Ardea alba)
  • Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

Herons

  • Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)
  • Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
  • Black-Crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) - © David Malak
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) - © David Malak
Great Egret (Ardea alba) - © David Malak
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) - © David Malak