Hello, I am located in SE NY state (Long Island). This morning I found an unusual visitor in my birdbath. The past day of two I had been hearing the clucking of what sounded like heron like birds I have encountered in the past, but saw nothing. This bird lingered for quite a while giving me concerns about its health, but eventually flew away into the trees. It has been flying about the yard from tree to tree as if testing its wings.
I spent some time researching online and felt it may be a very young American Bittern, but then thought the beak coloration was wrong. I admit to limited know