January 10, 2017 – Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis)
These tiny herons are found in the eastern parts of the United States, particularly along the southeastern coasts, as well as in the majority of Central America, along the coasts of Mexico, and in scattered areas of northern and central South America. Their diet is made up of small fish, insects, and other small animals, which they hunt by stalking among or perching on reeds, waiting to lunge at their prey. Their nests tend to be isolated, but may occur in loose colonies. Males do most of the construction, building the nests from marsh plants with loose canopies over the top. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.