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.
is found three times in connection with the desolations to come upon Babylon, Idumea, and Nineveh (Isa. 14:23; 34:11; Zeph. 2:14). This bird belongs to the class of cranes. Its scientific name is Botaurus stellaris. It is a solitary bird, frequenting marshy ground. The Hebrew word (kippod) thus rendered in the Authorized Version is rendered "porcupine" in the Revised Version. But in the passages noted the kippod is associated with birds, with pools of water, and with solitude and desolation. This favours the idea that not the "porcupine" but the "bittern" is really intended by the word.