Northern Waterthrush arrives!

April 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This morning as usual, I went outside for the dawn chorus. It wasn't long before I heard an old familiar loud 'chink' in the swampy thicket. A Northern Waterthrush was walking through the water, bobbing its tail and singing as it went along. I went to get a better vantage point and watched it for awhile. It got up on an old grapevine and worked its way down a bit.

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It stopped, it stopped bobbing. It puffed up and sat quietly. What a night this little migrant must have had with the storms here. The warbler then looked up at me as if to say, ahhh...I can have a wee rest.

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After a minute or so, he started moving again back along the grapevine.

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He circled the old maple trunk and picked up the pace. That's more like it, more what I'm used to seeing, this bird bob-bob-bobbing along.

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He paused to eat a bit of some type of worm.

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I wished him well and left him to enjoy his morning in the cool, wooded swamp. I felt elated that he had accepted my presence since I may not see him again for a year.

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