Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Bad photo i.d.

Here's a photo that I took last summer which came out poorly. Can you identify it? Extra credit for the scientific name.

16 comments:

Jayne said...

Ummm.. Hermit Thrush?? Wood Thrush? Thrush thrush? :c)

Lynne said...

I'm guessing Louisiana Waterthrush because of the white eyebrow, dark eye line and striped breast.
Seiurus motacilla

Question: why are waterthrushes in a different family from thrushes?

Cathy said...

Yep - Water Thrush. I'd sure like a better look at the throat and those legs :0)

What I can't believe is that you actually got 'under' him!

Betsy True said...

Northern Waterthrush? Instead of Louisiana? Seirus noveboracensis. My reasoning: Sibley says "Common in dense shrubs and small trees near slow-moving or standing water. Also, under Louisiana, "best distinguished [from Northern] by habitat (prefers more open areas with flowing ater). Also, the range maps show that the Northern is all over Connecticut but for the Louisiana, it appears to be at the top of its range, so I would think Northern would be more common.

Aren't IDs fun! Great challenge, Larry.

PA-Birder said...

Well, it looks most like a Waterthrush, but what is it doing up in a tree? I always see them on the ground. Breast looks streaked and not spotted so I guess that leaves out a Wood Thrush. Even though it has a streaked breast the length of tail and shape of bird doesn't look like a Thrasher.
How about an Oven Bird? No, an Ovenbird doesn't have an eye stripe.So I guess Waterthrush is my guess too. Louisiana at that.
Vern

Patrick Belardo said...

Definitely one of the Waterthrushes... I'm going with Louisiana because it looks like it has an unspotted throat and white portions look pretty bright overall. But, it's a blurry pic so I can't be sure. Can you make it sing?

corey said...

I'm also going with Louisiana because the other day when I heard one singing it was up in a tree and it took fifteen minutes of looking through branches to find it...about 25 feet up. That and I like to follow the herd on quizzes.

Larry said...

-I figured it for a Louisiana Waterthrush.-It seems to fit the bill and they are more common around here than the Northern.

Larry said...

Lynne-The Waterthrush is a Warbler that looks like a Thrush but is not a Thush.

Cathy said...

Oh my gosh! It's an Oven Bird!!!???

Cathy said...

Oops. OK. I see, now, Larry. It's still a Waterthrush. Whew :0)

Betsy True said...

Larry, If Louisiana are more common where you are than Northern, I'd go with Louisiana too. When in doubt, I always assume the most common bird. Fun!

mon@rch said...

without more details like habitat, ect.. I am just going to stick with waterthrush, species!

Larry said...

It was taken near a slow running stream just before it flows in to the CT. River.

Larry said...

I posted this pic on an i.d. sight and there is some controversy brewing over which waterthrush it is with the latest argument leaning towards Northern.

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