There’s a noisy northern flicker just outside our house, knocking on a streetlight, no doubt hoping to assert dominance over this territory.

A completely different sound is emanating from the marshes across the street, it is a deep pumping sound that is unmistakably made by an American bittern. Every time I get close to the marsh it stops making this sound though, so I’ve been unable to get its picture just yet.

The flicker had no qualms about me getting a little bit closer: