On my third try, I heard and saw (plain olive brown, dorsal view only) the
N Waterthrush in the willows-spring just north of the parking area at Lake
Cleone. The bird only called on 2 occasions. I stood up from crouching
after only hearing the bird 30 minutes before and decided to walk across
the first, little bridge inside the willows. The waterthrush flew away from
me east along the overgrown path, calling several times.
After returning home I played the "Warblers" record, that has the best
call for both Northern and Louisiana Waterthrushes. Northern fit the
Also, Jim and I observed a Virginia Rail for about 10-15 minutes at
the tiny pond just inside the willows, when we first arrived. Jim had left
the immediate area prior to the waterthrush flying away.
(Guess we will have to take Chuck's invitation to visit HREC to get
the Sora). Thanks!
Karen & Jim Havlena
North of Fort Bragg
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