Length: 23 - 32"
Habitat: Freshwater marshes, saltwater marshes, marshy shores of lakes; other large, shallow wetland areas with tall vegetation such as cattails and reeds. Sometimes nests in wet meadows, wet grassy fields, or drier fields near water.
Diet: Small fish, frogs, crayfish, salamanders, small snakes, insects; occasionally, small mammals such as voles.
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The American Bittern breeds throughout New England.
These birds winter in the southern United States, Bermuda, some areas of the Greater Antilles, and Mexico. Historically, there have been winter sightings as far south as Panama.
Year-round Map from eBird
Year-round sightings of the American Bittern (1900-present)
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS