Earlier this month, a funny-looking, long-legged bird came into our care. The baby bird was found standing alone on a busy road, with no parents around. We raised the bird here at VINS, and today, we released this fellow back into the wild.
This is an American bittern, although as a baby, some may say it looks more like one of the Muppets. Bitterns are wading birds, much like herons, so we released the bird at a nearby marsh at the edge of a pond. Check out our video!
Below, VINS intern Sarah Sanderson releases the bittern back into the wild.