Northern Waterthrush

Parkesia noveboracensis

This bird breeds in the northern part of North America in Canada and the northern United States. Typically, it winters in southern Mexico, the Caribbean and northern South America.

The behaviour of the Northern Waterthrush differs markedly from most warblers. Rather than flit among the branches and leaves of the forest canopy, it searches the ground in dense brush and swampy waters for food. Their bobbing movements are reminiscent of a pipit or Spotted Sandpiper. For a discussion on differentiating the Northern from the Louisiana Waterthrush, check out <This Link>.

My first encounter with this species was with an overwintering bird in the Tijuana River Valley near San Diego. When I journeyed to south Texas in spring of 2020 and 2021, I enjoyed regular meetings during their migration to the higher latitudes of North America.

Modern science does not recognise any subspecies of Northern Waterthrush (i.e. they are monotypic).

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