Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Northern Waterthrush

I have not banded many warblers this spring. Perhaps this season’s stormy weather is keeping the warblers further south. An exception is this Northern Waterthrush. Previously I blogged about identifying this species. One key is this bird’s speckled throat.

Northern Waterthrushes breed across northern Canada and winter in Central America and the Caribbean. They are common migrants over the eastern two-thirds of the United States. Despite being differently shaped (and with different behavior), waterthrushes are closely related to typical warblers. Curiously, Ovenbirds, whose silhouette is similar to that of a waterthrush, is more distantly related.

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