northern waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.

 

IDENTIFICATION

  • Length: 5 inches

  • Small, ground-dwelling bird frequently found near water

  • Thin, pointed bill

  • Pale yellow supercilium

  • Throat finely spotted

  • White or yellowish underparts with dense black streaking

  • Dark brown upperparts

  • Pink legs

  • Constantly wags its tail

Similar species:

The northern waterthrush has densely streaked underparts that are also
found in the Louisiana waterthrush and ovenbird. The Louisiana water-
thrush usually has a whiter, wider supercilium, and an unspotted throat.
Some northerns are distinctly yellowish on the underparts-Louisianas are
always white (but can have buffy flanks). The songs of the two are quite
different and are the best way to separate them. The ovenbird does not
pump its tail and lacks a pale supercilium instead having an eye ring.

 

LIFE HISTORY

Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 4-5
Length of Incubation: 13? days
Days to Fledge: 10?
Number of Broods:?
Diet: Primarily aquatic invertebrates

 

SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE

 

Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.

 

Relative abundance
     C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
     U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
            numbers.
     O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
            sometimes low numbers.
     R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
     Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.

 

Seasonal Occurrence
      Sp - Spring: March, April, May
R
      Su - Summer: June, July, August
      Fall: September, October, November

      Winter: December, January, February

 

 

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