I typed this entry a week ago and scheduled it for this week. In the intervening time, I was able to see the bird more clearly. I had thought it was a little blue heron. I now think it is a green heron. Still not a common bird around here but more common than the little blue.
This little heron has shaggy feathers that make it look, well, cuddly. My pictures were taken with my phone so I was unable to get better images. I have seen bitterns, green herons and night herons
and this isn't one of those. And yet, the guides suggest that the little blue heron is very rare here. I have definitely not seen the immature form.
Little Blue Heron links:
Maryland biodiversity project
All About Birds