Saturday, September 8, 2018

Yard Critter of the Week - Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush.

Patty spotted tail-bobbing in the crabapple tree. "We have a waterthrush", she called.

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I came to see but it had moved.

We scanned the yard with our bins. "In the garden, under the fence", she had re-spotted it. I watched as she got the camera. "Where'd it go?" she asked.

"It's coming from behind the triple stump, on the path. You'll have a better view from the living room", I replied.  She quickly went to setup and started shooting as soon as it came into view.

Image courtesy Patty Rehn

We both remarked about how yellow it was, making identification easy. The similar Louisiana Waterthrush has a white breast, along with a few other differences.

Image courtesy Patty Rehn

The new lens was on the camera, and the bird got too close! Patty had to move back to continue shooting.

Image courtesy Patty Rehn

We watched as it picked up bug after bug, gobbling them down. Fueling up for the long fight south. Eventually it wandered off into the woods.

But not before giving us some great looks. Another good bird to add to the sofa list.


You can find all of the Yard Critter posts listed here.

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