September 24, 2015 – Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis)

These large New World warblers breed in much of Canada and parts of the northern United States, migrating to southern Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. Usually found in wooded areas near water, they eat a variety of invertebrates and sometimes tiny fish. They build their nests on the ground, often under fallen logs or in the roots of dead trees. The cup-shaped nests are constructed from moss, leaves, plant stems, rootlets, and hair. Males defend their territories in the summer with a loud song and in the winter with a short call, also fighting and chasing other birds away.