Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Chesapeake Bay
By Deane Winegar
The least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) is a small, long-legged bird that frequents the marshes of the Choptank Wetlands. This secretive wader can disappear among the reeds quickly; a watcher is lucky to catch even a glimpse. The soft "coo-coo-coo" of the bittern is equally hard to detect.
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