Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Although Black-crowned Night Herons are common across North America (and also many other places worldwide) I had never heard of them until I started birding a few years ago.
Standing on a dead branch in a marsh
The require a habitat near water but are not fussy about what kind: fresh or salt water marshes, swamps, streams, brackish wetlands...
Their diet is varied: earthworms, leeches, insects, fish, turtles, snakes, turtles, plants...whatever, including garbage in landfills.
As their name night heron suggests, they are most active at night or dusk.
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE