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 was unable to get its picture just yet.

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