Weekend Birding: Northern Waterthrush
Friday morning I grabbed my camera and binoculars and went for what I intended to be a quick walk before the rain started. When I got to the park, only a few blocks from my house, I was greeted by a virtual buffet of birds. Migration is in full swing and birds are heading south for the winter. In less than two hours I counted 22 species, and those were the ones I was able to positively identify; there were a lot more.
One of the migrants I was able to get a photo of was the Northern Waterthrush. It’s a common bird with a huge range, but is only seen in the US during migration. In the summer they breed in Alaska and much of Canada south to the northern U.S. They spend winters in the tropics.
Habitat was another clue to identifying the bird. During migration the waterthrush can often be found in the grasses along streams, marshes, and stagnant pools of water. Because of the drought, many of the ponds in the park have dried up. In a normal year the area where this bird was hopping around would have been filled with water, now it’s a marshy area.
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