|Northern Waterthrush -- Patriots Point -- Charleston, SC -- September 19, 2010|
During the work week, my observations of backyard wildlife come only at odd moments in the morning and in the late afternoon. Late yesterday, as I was scanning the Magnolia Tree for the the Red-eyed Vireos (for more on that story, see this previous post from 2 days ago), I noted a tail-bobbing warbler. My first thought was Palm Warbler. But my bins revealed the stripey sides of a Northern Waterthrush! I wondered momentarily if this could be a new life bird for the yard and quickly dismissed the idea. You see, lately, I have been checking the Parc Perlière Life List to see if thus-and-such species was a new life bird only to be disappointed to find -- oh yeah, we had one of those in 2008, or 2010, or 2009. And no, I do not have this list memorized -- not anymore! I figured this species was already there. Thus, I did not even mention the bird to Carl who was sitting right behind me in the living room. Sorry Carl, the bird disappeared right after I identified it so you would not have seen it anyway. This morning though, as an afterthought, I decided that I had better verify what I believed to be true. Turns out, I was wrong! Northern Waterthrush is indeed Life Bird no. 109 for Parc Perlière (our backyard wildlife habitat)!
I am sorry to say that I missed on photographing the bird yesterday. The photo above is my best Northern Waterthrush photo from Patriot's Point about three years ago.
PS: Yes, the Red-Eyed Vireos are still feeding in the Magnolias!