Least Bittern nesting record in Maine

Northeastern Naturalist
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In June 2001, we located an active Ixobrychus exilis (Least Bittern) nest in Bass Harbor marsh on Mount Desert Island, Hancock County, ME. Only 2 other descriptions of Least Bittern nests exist for Maine, although based on other breeding evidence, the species is known to breed elsewhere in the state. We found the nest in a 0.7-ha Typha sp. (cattail)-dominated area within a larger (3.5 ha) freshwater wetland located ≈120 m from an 88-ha estuary. During the breeding season, most Least Bitterns in Maine and elsewhere are found in wetlands of greater size, usually >10 ha.
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Least Bittern nesting record in Maine
Series title Northeastern Naturalist
Volume 18
Issue 3
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Humboldt Field Research Institute
Publisher location Steuben, ME
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 4 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Northeastern Naturalist
First page 382
Last page 385
Country United States
State Maine
County Hancock
Other Geospatial Bass Harbor Marsh;Mount Desert Island
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