One Plant, One Bird.
Pickerelweed & American Bittern.
I have only seen an American Bittern maybe three times in the last twenty three years, here at Totem Farm. The first time it flew into a large Japanese honeysuckle bush and I heard it strange call for a couple of days. An extremely shy bird, eventually after hiding in the shrub for two days it took up residence at the pond’s edge and the sound of frogs diminished as the bird made its way around the pond. Pickerelweed is one of my favorite native aquatic plants. I was given about five plants four years ago and in no time the Plant has become established and is now growing around the edge of the pond. It blooms mid summer and then again in early fall.