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American Bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus (Rackett, 1813)

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Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Jack Bowling 2013-06-16 Newlands, BC, Fraser-Fort George (Canada) (599 m) song -
  • two songs by same adult male.
  • extraneous sounds edited by silencing rather than cutting out to preserve time interval between songs.
  • bird singing from near east edge of Newlands Marsh, approximately 15 meters north of Upper Fraser Road.
  • habitat is fresh water marsh surrounded by mixed deciduous/coniferous forest and grass pastures.
  • UTM coordinates of bird from Google Earth: Zone 10U 551928.72 E, 5995802.24 N (WGS84)
  • the bittern takes four or five gulps of air to fill his lungs before singing and you can here the bill snapping shut after every intake of air before the booming begins.
  • recording device: H2 Zoom; microphone: Sennheiser ME-66; recording is mono even though the H2 labeled the file as stereo.
  • sound editing done in Audacity.
  • recording available in WAV format upon email request.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

141320
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Justin Watts 2017-05-06 Sherburne NWR, Sherburne, Minnesota, Sherburne (United States) (300 m) song -

Bittern calling from cover near a pond about 50-100 feet away from microphone. Calls at 0:00 and 0:44 . A second bittern much farther away calls at 0:23. No filtering or cutting was performed.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

368194
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Sue Riffe 2018-05-06 Battelle Darby Metro Park - Wetlands, Franklin (United States) (280 m) song -

Natural vocalization from wet grassy field on windy morning.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

417864
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Frank Lambert 2015-05-18 Pinto Lake, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California, Santa Cruz (United States) (30 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

408485
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Jeff Dyck 2017-06-09 Fraser-Fort George F (near Willow River), Fraser-Fort George, British Columbia, Fraser-Fort George (Canada) (600 m) song -

~1 minute of silence was removed from the recording (at volume fade & rise)

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

376418
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Frank Lambert 2015-05-18 Pinto Lake, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California, Santa Cruz (United States) (30 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

408484
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Jeff Dyck 2018-06-08 Fraser-Fort George F, Fraser-Fort George, British Columbia, Fraser-Fort George (Canada) (600 m) song -

Bird was calling from the back of a farm field in a cluster of willows near a creek. Some dead air has been removed between calls.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

419704
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Hal Mitchell 2016-04-02 Lambert, Quitman County, Mississippi, Quitman (United States) (50 m) song -

Bird seen out in open at first. Waded into vegetation then began to vocalize.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

310044
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Sue Riffe 2018-05-06 Battelle Darby Metro Park - Wetlands, Franklin (United States) (280 m) song -

Natural vocalization from wet grassy field on windy morning.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

417863
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Andrew Spencer 01-06-2007 Lower Latham Reservoir, Weld Co., Colorado, Colorado (United States) (? m) song (A) -   15268
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus tetiaroa 2013-06-02 Dairy Mart Pond, San Diego, San Diego County, California, San Diego (United States) (10 m) song -

Bird first not visible, in the reeds, by the pond; song unsolicited first. We recorded the bird singing with IiPhone and replayed its own song. It came closer and became visible, at the edge of the reeds by the water. It kept singing while showing a characteristic behavior, extending its neck while producing the sound.

bird-seen:yes

212025
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Martin St-Michel 2015-07-04 Baie-du-Febvre, Nicolet-Yamaska, Québec, Centre Bois-Francs: Nicolet-Yamaska (Canada) (10 m) flight call -

Habitat: field, marsh.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

256198
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Justin Watts 2018-05-26 Necedah Wildlife Refuge, Juneau (United States) (280 m) song -

Two sets of calls from a very close bittern in the reeds. 2nd call a bit louder

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

451067
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Frank Lambert 2015-05-18 Pinto Lake, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California, Santa Cruz (United States) (30 m) song -

ML46580291, ML46580301

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

408481
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Frank Lambert 2015-05-18 Pinto Lake, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California, Santa Cruz (United States) (30 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

408483
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Sue Riffe 2018-05-06 Battelle Darby Metro Park - Wetlands, Franklin (United States) (280 m) song -

Natural vocalization from wet grassy field on windy morning.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

417855
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Paul Marvin 2016-10-14 River Lakes Conservation Area near Viera, Brevard Co, Florida, Brevard (United States) (0 m) flight call -

took flight as I walked by

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

338164
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Thomas G. Graves 2017-03-28 Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo County, California, San Luis Obispo (United States) (40 m) call -

This American Bittern is likely the same individual as the one I recorded on 3-24-17 with my iPhone and iXY Rode microphone ( XC361329 ), but here I’m using my ME67 Sennheiser shotgun microphone and PMD 661 Marantz recorder. I used some noise reduction, a high pass filter at 60 dB, and normalized the volume, but I also reduced the length from a 30 minute recording, with lots of handling noise created as I slowly walked closer, to 3.5 minutes with about 15 seconds between each call. I overlapped each of the 10 calls, fading out and in to blend them.

This bird was in a marshy field, about 100 feet away from me.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

362480
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Don Jones 08-06-1996 Budd's Bogs, Southampton Twp. NJ, New Jersey (United States) (? m) song (no score) - the deep gulping sounds 1133
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Bird Studies Canada - Prairie and Parkland Marsh Monitoring Prog 2013-06-12 Invermay No. 305 (near Invermay), Division No. 9, Saskatchewan, Yorkton (Canada) (550 m) Pump-er-lunk -

Second American Bittern can be heard in the background at 0:25.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

153183
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Frank Lambert 2015-05-18 Pinto Lake, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, California, Santa Cruz (United States) (30 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

408487
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Hal Mitchell 2016-04-02 Lambert, Quitman County, Mississippi, Quitman (United States) (50 m) song -

Bird seen out in open at first. Waded into vegetation then began to vocalize.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

310045
xeno-canto.org
American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Peter Boesman 1998-04-08 Cheyenne Bottoms, KA, United States (United States) song -

ID certainty 100%. (Archiv. tape 72 side A track 2 seq. B)

219785
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American Bittern - Botaurus lentiginosus Peter Boesman 1998-04-08 Cheyenne Bottoms, KA, United States (United States) song -

ID certainty 100%. (Archiv. tape 72 side A track 2 seq. C)

219786
xeno-canto.org
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