29 Apr 2007
Bear River MBR
Box Elder County, Utah
at Visitor Center:
June Ryburn and I flushed an AMERICAN BITTERN in the wetland at the
Bear River Wildlife Education Center west of Brigham City, Box Elder
County, this morning at about 8:45. The bird flushed from water's edge
about 25 yards from the concrete path that encircles the wetland and then
went down again into the reeds within a hundred yards or so. We were
ebullient. When we returned to the building still high-fiving and
back-slapping, Lee Shirley told us he heard a bittern calling in that
We took the path from the center's deck and parabolic sound collector and
walked south. The bird flushed 200-300 yards down the path in an area
where a blue mylar balloon has become entangled at the base of some reeds.
Walkers can also access the path from the main parking lot; you'll need to
walk almost completely around the wetland (about 1/2 mile walk) and get on
the east side to be at the site where we saw the bird.
The education center and that path is open weekdays 8 am-5 pm and
Saturdays 10:00-4:00. The center is not open to the public on Sundays;
June and I were attending a private Audubon meeting (that is, right after
we played hookey while flushing the bittern).
The education center is located 1/4 mile west of I-15 at exit 363, Forest
~ Kris Purdy
Sighting on Auto Loop:
I guess it was American Bittern day at
Bear River MBR. I found one along the north part of the auto tour loop. It
was in the cattails and rushes. I did not try to pinpoint it, but it was
about a mile before the S-turn going west. On the south side. I watched it
for about an hour and it must not have felt threatened. It came out in the
open and was catching the little guppies/mosquito fish. I enjoyed watching
it sneak up on the little fish. ...
~ Jack Binch