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I was in Costa Rica this past week in the cloud forest on the side of Poas 
Volcano. As I was hiking next to a very fast running mountain stream I 
encountered a Louisiana Water Thrush. Seems like some are here and some are 
still there at this point.

What I cannot understand (from the human point of view) that if I was given 
the choice between spending summers in the US and summers in a high mountain 
stream in a cloud forest why the bird chooses to come up here every year.

Note - I identified it as Louisiana WT as opposed to a Northern WT because 
of the habitat. This was a cold, rushing, rocky mountain stream through the 
forest.

Mark Gutchen
Columbia, MO

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Charlene Malone" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2010 3:23 PM
Subject: Re: Waterthrush Confusion


> HABITAT too....... USUALLY.
>
> LA = rocky streams - clear flowing water. Northern = still ponds, marshes, 
> etc. - slow moving water.
> (Dunn/Garrett, "Warblers" - Peterson Field Guides)
>
> Voice too of course.
> Charlene Malone
> St. Louis co.
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>
> Subject: Re: Waterthrush Confusion
> From: Edge <edgew AT MCHSI.COM>
> Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2010 14:02:32 -0500
>
> I should have added a note about behavior--especially the tail  wagging of 
> the two waterthrushes.
>
> When teaching beginning birding, I find that people can relate to the 
> following:
>
> Louisiana Waterthrushes move their tails slowly to medium speed, from 
> side to side--like a Cajun waltz.
>
> Northern Waterthrushes move their tails more rapidly, more up and 
> down--like a Yankee Clipper at sea.
>
> Edge Wade
> Columbia, MO
> edgew AT mchsi.org
>
> On Apr 4, 2010, at 1:53 PM, Edge wrote:
>
>>> It also pumped it's tail very vigorously and consistently.  Does  one 
>>> happen to exhibit that behavior more than another?
>>>
>
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