Bobbing waterthrush at Bond Park

Michael and I birded for 2 hours along the southeastern quadrant of Bond Park this morning.  Noteworthy were good views of a N. parula (after lamenting that I might never see one but only hear them), a pair of barred owls (I never tire of seeing these silent flyers), and a nice view of a vocal black-throated blue.  We also briefly saw a waterthrush at the creek edge near where Black Creek Greenway exits the park, but we didn’t get a good enough look to tell which waterthrush it was. Only later did I read in Stokes that you might tell them apart by their bobbing behaviors, the N. waterthrush preferring to bob only its tail while its southern cousin goes all out and bobs all of its back half, not just its tail. We observed the bobbing, as I recall, but not closely enough for such minute distinctions. Now we know better. The L. waterthrush is the better bobber, at least, according to Stokes.
Eddie Owens
Cary NC
Location:    Bond Park
Observation date:    4/25/11
Number of species:    35

Mallard    3
Mourning Dove    3
Barred Owl    2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird    2
Belted Kingfisher    2
Red-bellied Woodpecker    2
Northern Flicker    2
Eastern Phoebe    1
Great Crested Flycatcher    2
Red-eyed Vireo    5
American Crow    2
Fish Crow    1
Carolina Chickadee    6
Tufted Titmouse    2
White-breasted Nuthatch    1
Brown-headed Nuthatch    1
Carolina Wren    5
House Wren    1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    1
Eastern Bluebird    2
American Robin    2
Gray Catbird    3
Brown Thrasher    1
Cedar Waxwing    18
Northern Parula    6
Black-throated Blue Warbler    2
Pine Warbler    4
Eastern Towhee    2
Chipping Sparrow    1
Song Sparrow    1
Northern Cardinal    14
Common Grackle    6
Brown-headed Cowbird    2
Pine Siskin    2
American Goldfinch    9

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I love birding! And I live near Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary, NC.
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