Later in the spring, she and Elisabeth saw another kind of heron, an American bittern, skulking in some grass by a swamp.
Secure in its retreat, the bittern keeps its place even if a sportsman should pass by the spot on which it crouches.
Personally I do not know a bittern from an olive-backed thrush.
The American bittern breeds here, and leaves in about two weeks hence.
I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water.
I was only thinking more of my receipt than of your bittern, Fred.
I will alto make it a possession for the bittern, and pools for water.
I have also caught them preparing and eating sea gulls, terns, blue heron, egret and even the bittern.
Other hawks were then flown at various game, mallard and crane and bittern.
A bird of the bittern kind boomed dismally at intervals, and a snipe bleated.
heron-like bird, 13c., botor, from Old French butor "bittern," perhaps from Gallo-Romance *butitaurus, from Latin butionem "bittern" + taurus "bull" (see steer (n.)); according to Pliny, so called because of its booming voice, but this seems fanciful. Modern form from 1510s.