Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

This bird! It reminds me a lot of a Carolina wren with extra-long legs! We happened upon a pair of these birds at a small creek that feeds into a lake we hike regularly. There was a lot of movement which caught our attention. Once we saw them, had no idea what they were at first. They were extremely active, hopping from rock to rock, in and out of the water, catching little bugs to eat.

Thankfully, birders are generally friendly people. We came across a couple ladies hiking the same trail and got to talking about the little active birds romping in the creek. Somehow, it was figured out that these were Louisiana waterthrush. This is a first for me, and therefore exciting!

Notice the white eyebrow. Audubon says this is the way to differentiate this bird from the northern waterthrush. It also has a really pretty song. Until looking up this adorable bird, I didn’t realize it is a thrush-like warbler. A warbler! huh!! As mentioned above, these little birds (about 6 1/2″) were very active, aside from moving quickly, they were bobbing their tails a lot. Have you noticed this behavior in birds? I think it’s funny how they bob up and down, boing, boing, boing!

Notice the birds have a little bug in it’s beak in all the pictures. This is pretty much what they eat: insects, crustaceans, larvae, snails, small fish, some seeds.

The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream. Proverbs 18:4

Have a blessed day!

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