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Louisiana Waterthrush and Friends
I found and photographed the Louisiana Waterthrush yesterday at the third cobbly beach, Crystal Crescent Provincial Park. This beach has always been productive for overwintering birds such as Pipits, Lapland Longspur, Snow Buntings and Song Sparrows. The rotting seaweed fosters the growth of maggots and kelp flies. My photographs of the Louisiana Waterthrush are distant and cropped.
This bird is extremely rare, indeed it is the first one I've encountered in Nova Scotia in 16 years, although I have seen them previously in Southern Ontario.
The beach is highly utilized by overwintering Pipits, sometimes in company with the Louisiana Waterthrush.
Migrating American Robins congregate here as well, although I've never seen one overwinter.
Meanwhile back home at Portuguese Cove the White-winged Crossbill still visits daily.
Keywords: American Pipit, American Robin, Canada, Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Ipswich Sparrow, Louisiana Waterthrush, Nova Scotia, White-winged Crossbill
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