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   Louisiana Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
Parkesia motacilla

   Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) - LOWA (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map

  1. Re: Possible Louisiana Waterthrush video from Gilman Park - 3 MAY LINK
    DATE: May 3, 2018 @ 3:36pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Based on a photo that Jeff took of the bird here in Orange County, this appears to be a Northern Waterthrush, NOT a Louisiana Waterthrush. The throat is fairly streaky, the underparts are heavily streaked and offwhite, the supercilium is offwhite and tapers off in the back, the legs are dull, and the undertail coverts are bright white.
    This ID is supported by several other local birders as well.
    Ryan Winkleman
    Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange County
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  3. Possible Louisiana Waterthrush video from Gilman Park - 3 MAY LINK
    DATE: May 3, 2018 @ 1:18pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Sandy sent me the video she took and I posted it on the youtube link below. It looks pretty good for Louisiana Waterthrush behavior. Open to opinions...
    This is the exact spot where the one was seen 16 SEP 2017. 
    Jeff Bray
    Irvine, CA
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  5. CBRC review and request for documentation LINK
    DATE: Apr 3, 2018 @ 1:57pm, 6 month(s) ago
    California birders,   The California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) will begin reviewing the following records in early May. If you have any documentation to submit for these records, please do so as soon as possible. Feel free to forward this request to local
    listservs as appropriate. Thank you.   Tom   Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee     2017-139  Garganey                       25 Nov 2017-11 Mar 2018             Waller Park  SBA                               (documentation from 5 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-142  Black-headed Gull       27 Nov 2017                                        Pt. Pinos  MTY                                    (documentation complete) 2017-143  Black-headed Gull       5-9 Dec 2017                                      North Shore  RIV                              (eBird reports – no documentation received) 2017-154  Black-headed Gull       9 Dec 2017                                          Modesto WTP  STA                          (eBird report – no documentation received) 2018-022  Black-tailed Gull           11 Feb-11 Mar 2018                        Crescent City  DN                             (documentation from 5 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-175  Arctic Loon                    16 Dec 2017                                        Pt. Pinos  MTY                                    (documentation complete) 2018-015  Arctic Loon                    26 Jan-18 Feb 2018                          Abbotts Lagoon  MRN                    (documentation from 3 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-021  Arctic Loon                    2 Feb 2018                                           Steamer Lane  SCZ                           (documentation complete) 2017-155  Nazca Booby (4)          11 Dec 2017-present                      San Diego Bay  SD                            (documentation from 15 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-010  Nazca Booby                 16 Jan 2018                                         near Ocean Beach  SD                    (documentation complete) 2017-094  Tricolored Heron (2)  25 Sep 2017-present                       Bolsa Chica  ORA                              (documentation from 7 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-096  Tricolored Heron         25-26 Sep 2017                                  Santa Ana R.  ORA                            (documentation from 2 observers – additional documentation requested) 2017-113  Black Vulture                14-22 Oct 2017                                  Pt. Reyes  MRN                                 (eBird reports – no documentation received) 2018-016  Gyrfalcon                       3 Feb-4 Mar 2018                             Pajaro R. mouth  MTY/SCZ           (documentation from 7 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-011  Winter Wren                 2 Jan-20 Feb 2018                             Pt. San Pablo  CC                              (documentation from 1 observer – additional documentation requested) 2018-014  Winter Wren                 28 Jan 2018                                         Orr Ranch  SAC                                  (eBird report – no documentation received) 2018-009  Curve-billed Thrasher   6 Jan-18 Feb 2018                          Woodland  YOL                                 (documentation from 9 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-013  Field Sparrow               26 Jan 2018                                         Half Moon Bay  SM                          (eBird report – no documentation received) 2017-168  Louisiana Waterthrush  23 Dec 2017-14 Jan 2018          Big Sur R.  MTY                                  (documentation from 2 observers – additional documentation requested) 2018-001  Tropical Parula             5 Jan-14 Feb 2018                             Huntington Beach  ORA                 (documentation from 11 observers – additional documentation requested)     What kind of documentation should one submit to the CBRC Following are some guidelines for submitting media and written descriptions that will be useful for helping the CBRC evaluate records and archive documentation. Documentation may
    be submitted directly to the secretary via email ( secretary@... ) , or by using the online submission form ( ).   Media: This includes photos, audio recordings, and video. Photographs are usually the most useful documentation for evaluating records. If you have reasonably good (=identifiable) photos, please submit them. If possible, please crop the
    photos before submission so that the bird fills most of the frame. Also, please send originals whenever possible, and not screenshots or back-of-camera photos. How many photos should you submit That really depends on the record. If it is a long-staying rarity
    that is easily identifiable and seen by dozens of people, then a few photos (1-3 per person) are sufficient. If it is a mega-rarity that is difficult to identify and only seen by a one or few people, then send as many photos as possible that show the bird
    at different angles, postures, lighting, etc. Sometimes it is also useful to submit audio and/or video recordings of the bird, as some birds are more easily identified by their vocalizations. If relatively short, most audio recordings are small enough to be
    submitted via email; please submit those along with a brief note indicating the date and location of the recording. Large audio files and video files can be submitted by using a file sharing service; please contact the secretary if you need to submit a file
    that is too large for email.   Written descriptions: Some written details should always be provided – even the best photos should be accompanied by the name of the observer, the date, and the location, at a minimum. Sometimes a photo can’t be obtained or vocalizations
    can’t be recorded. In some cases, behaviors might be noted in the field that aren’t preserved well by photos. In these cases, it is helpful to submit a written description of the bird. Ideally, this description should be written as soon after observing the
    bird as possible; it is often helpful to make written notes in the field, or even dictate notes into the voice recorder on your smartphone while observing the bird, from which you can later generate a written description. The most important aspect of a written
    description is that you report only what you observed, and not a general description of the bird from a field guide. At a minimum, your description should include the date and location of the observation, and a description of the bird (size and structure,
    plumage, vocalizations, behavior). A brief discussion of how the bird was identified, and how similar species were eliminated is also helpful. Other useful information you might report includes optics used, distance from bird, lighting or weather conditions,
    length of time viewed, and other observers present.    
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  7. RUSTY BLACKBIRD at MoonGlow Dairy, January 13 LINK
    DATE: Jan 13, 2018 @ 10:29pm, 8 month(s) ago
    This afternoon around 2:30, Logan Kahle and i briefly stopped by MoonGlow Dairy in Moss Landing, hoping to see some of the recent rarities there. While birding the cattle pens looking for Cattle Egret or Yellow-headed Blackbird, we were sorting through the 2-3,000 blackbirds present, when i noticed one on the ground outside the pens with a distinctly rusty coloration to its head and back. I realized i had a RUSTY BLACKBIRD in my view. Logan got on it very quickly and got a few photographs. The bird flew up and into a farther cattle pen with many other blackbirds. There were hundreds of Brewer's and starlings, and a few dozens of Red-winged, Tricolored, and cowbirds, and over a thousand "blackbird sp." Sorting through the flock could take a while if you aren't as lucky as we were, especially as the birds move around around a lot while foraging.
    We were on our way back from a morning spent at the Big Sur River near Hwy 1, where we successfully chased the continuing Louisiana Waterthrush. It took over three hours, but we eventually saw the bird on the south bank of the creek, directly underneath the pedestrian footbridge nearest the highway. It spent some time moving in the bushes and leaf litter about 50 feet from the water, also, giving great looks.
    If you go to MoonGlow Dairy to look for the Rusty and you've never been before, be sure to follow all guidelines for birding this private property:
    Good birding,
    Bob Toleno
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  9. Lousiana Waterthrush at Pfeiffer Big Sur SP, Monterey Co. LINK
    DATE: Dec 24, 2017 @ 3:33pm, 9 month(s) ago
    A Louisiana Waterthrush found mid-day yesterday by visitor David Dovalina at Pfeiffer Big Sur SP in Monterey County continued today throughout the morning. Yesterday it was seen perhaps 50m downstream of the Hwy 1 bridge over the Big Sur River. Today it was always upstream of the Hwy 1 bridge but it continued to forage along the north bank of the Big Sur River and continued to work downstream during the morning; it could be west of the Hwy 1 bridge by the afternoon.
    There is a largeish parking area at the north end of the Highway 1 bridge over the Big Sur River on the west side of the road. There is a paved parking lot for the Big Sur Inn directly across the road on the east side of Hwy 1 -- that lot can be reached by entering the Pfeiffer Big Sur entrance road but taking the first right into the Big Sur Inn parking lot (if you continue straight you get to the entrance gate to the State Park and have to pay to get into the park).
    You want to be on the south side of the Big Sur River to look for the waterthrush. There are two access points. First, you can walk south on walkways adjacent to Highway 1 to the south end of the bridge, and then go under the bridge on a very steep rough trail. Second, and much easier, is to walk across Hwy 1 on the north side to the parking lot of Big Sur Inn and find the pedestrian bridge across the Big Sur River at the east side of Big Sur Inn. You can easily see this pedestrian bridge from the Hwy 1 bridge. Walk to the south side of river, bear left and loop on wide dirt road until you reach a Nature Center on the south side of the river. Just before (west of) the Nature Center there is a nice hiking trail labeled "Buzzards Roost Trail." Follow it down to the Big Sur River until you are on the south bank of the river, on the trail. Today the waterthrush was first seen upstream of this spot, where there is a series of cement blocks for a low water access across the river (but the river is higher now) that are basically behind the Nature Center. When we were there the waterthrush was downstream right where Buzzards Roost Trail reached the south bank of the river. The trail continues west under the south end of the Pedestrian Bridge and then farther west under the south end of Highway 1 and on towards the west. By late morning the waterthrush was still on the north bank of the river but halfway between the Pedestrian Bridge and Hwy 1.
    [All this discussion is about the Pedestrian Bridge that goes from Big Sur Lodge to near the Nature Center. There is yet a second Pedestrian Bridge farther upstream (east) and then a third bridge for cars going into the campground. Although you could pay money and drive to the Campground and the Nature Center, there is little point in doing so, because there is no parking there.]
    Although the waterthrush is foraging actively along the north bank of the river (at least while we were there) it can be hard to spot among the many rocks and fallen leaves. Watch for movement. The waterthrush spends a lot of time flipping dead leaves, and it is bobbing in a up-down-circling motion almost all the time. We did see it fly and disappear twice. Once it flew up into a dense tree on the north side and totally disappeared. You would not find it if perched. But within 15 minutes it had flown a bit downstream, giving a loud, scratchy, 'chiz-zit' call and disappeared into some tangles. [Other heard a different single-note call as well]. Later it reappeared at river's edge between the Pedestrian bridge and Hwy 1. Later it flew again downstream towards Highway 1.
    The bird seems content and calm, and when along the north bank of the river it was foraging actively. Apparently others saw it fly to the south side of the river as well. Please do not disturb this interesting bird. Please do not walk in the river. Please do not walk on the north bank where there is no trail. If undisturbed, it might winter.
    Early in the morning others had a Dipper and Varied Thrush in the vicinity; we had Golden-crowned Kinglets along Buzzards Roost Trail just west of Hwy 1 bridge.
    Don Roberson and Rita Carratello
    Pacific Grove CA
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  11. Re: Louisiana Waterthrush in Orange County LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2017 @ 11:41am, 1 year(s) ago
    As of 11:30 am on September 17, the Orange County Louisiana Waterthrush has not been refound.
    Ryan Winkleman
    Rancho Santa Margarita
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  13. Louisiana Waterthrush in Orange County LINK
    DATE: Sep 16, 2017 @ 2:47pm, 1 year(s) ago
    This morning, September 16, Samuel Bressler found a Louisiana Waterthrush at Gilman Park in Brea in Orange County. Based on photos and video, the ID was supported by several local experts down here. The bird has thus far been very cooperative and generally hanging out in wide open areas surrounding a small runoff creek that runs through the park, generally around 33.902704,-117.876660. Note that the parking situation is weird and there is no real official parking at Gilman Park except for like 3 designated spots. It is essentially necessary to park in the adjacent neighborhood. The cul-de-sac off of Treeview has provided the closest access today, September 16, but is *mostly a fire lane*.
    Just a reminder that Louisiana Waterthrush is a CBRC review species and any documentation should be sent to the CBRC secretary, Tom Benson, at secretary@... .
    Ryan Winkleman
    Rancho Santa Margarita in lovely ol' Orange County
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  15. Shoshone Louisiana Waterthrush LINK
    DATE: Sep 6, 2013 @ 6:14pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Thanks to Doug Willick for posting yesterday's message. I created an album of photos that I've posted to the group. I wasn't around to see if the bird was there today. It showed everything one would want to see on a Louie, including a long bill, unstreaked throat, and ridiculously pink legs. The yellowy buff on the right flank and lower right side appears to be more extensive on the left side. The call was a loud, flat TUPK, reminiscent somewhat of MacGillivray's Warbler rather than the Blue Grosbeak-like call of Northern.
    Jim Pike
    Hunt Bch
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  17. Louisiana Waterthrush in Shoshone (relaying a message from Jim Pike) LINK
    DATE: Sep 4, 2013 @ 1:02pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Just received the following message from Jim Pike, who is birding the northern Mojave Desert area (and ccurently in Shoshone):
    "Would one of you mind reporting a Louisiana Waterthrush in Shoshone (right now) for me I'm having a helluva time with the internet here in town. The bird is usually along a small concrete drainage channel between the south end of the campground and a dry pond across from the school. Good looks can be had, but it is spooky. Best to use palm trees as a blind. It has crossed the street to the school, and will forage around mesquite shrubs. I'll post a pic tomorrow.
    thanks, jim"
    Doug Willick
    Orange, CA
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  19. 9/9/12: Louisiana Waterthrush Continues LINK
    DATE: Sep 9, 2012 @ 3:47pm, 6 year(s) ago
    Stan Gray called to say he, Bruce Aaird (sp), and Steve Sosensky saw
    the continuing LOUISIANA WATERTHURSH in California City Central Park
    earlier this morning - DAY 7. They saw it out in the open, in bright
    sunshine, walking along the shoreline "like a sandpiper" on the near
    shore across from the Par 3 Golf Course. This exposed shoreline is in
    the direction of the main park portion of Central Park. The lakeside
    of the Par 3 Golf Course is the best vantage point. To me this means
    working the area between the 17th and 18th holes of the golf course
    and the main lake is still the best strategy with the checking of the
    shores across the lake inlets from the golf course now also an added strategy.
    Serving as the Messenger,
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
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  21. RE: [CALBIRDS] LA Waterthrush Recent Records? LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2012 @ 11:00pm, 6 year(s) ago
    According to the CBRCs online Query Database the last accepted record for
    Louisiana Waterthrush was in 2004 in Santa Clara Co.
    Record=2004-119, Status=A, Species=Louisiana Waterthrush, Count=1, First
    Date=8/9/2004, Last Date=8/18/2004, Location=Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos,
    Co=SCL, Note=photo
    It didn't show any submissions after that record so this may be the first in
    eight years!
    Steve Summers
    Porterville, Tulare Co., CA
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  23. LA Waterthrush Recent Records? LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2012 @ 10:30pm, 6 year(s) ago
    The Louisiana Waterthrush continued along the edge of the California
    City Par 3 Golf Course in Kern County this morning (Tom Benson, David
    Nelson, David Singer).
    Is this particular bird the first for California for this year 2012
    When was the last California record
    Thank you in advance to anyone who has accurate answers to the two
    questions above.
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
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  25. LA Waterthrush Update LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2012 @ 12:17am, 6 year(s) ago
    Cher Hollingworth called to say the California City Par 3 Golf Course
    LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continued as of 1:30pm this afternoon. Dave
    Goodward found this bird this morning. Remember at least two birders
    have independently seen a Northern Waterthrush in the company of the
    Louisiana Waterthrush. So, careful I.D. is required to be sure the
    Louisiana has been seen. This is not a case of if a waterthrush is
    seen, it is the Louisiana by default.
    Serving as the Messenger,
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, California
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  27. White Ibis-Baker Sewage Ponds September 5 afternoon LINK
    DATE: Sep 6, 2012 @ 4:20am, 6 year(s) ago
    This afternoon at around 1:15pm we saw the WHITE IBIS. It was 102F with cloud
    cover! It required some patience (lots of water and sunscreen) as it moved out
    of view several times but eventually we got an out in the open look.
    Also, the Louisiana Waterthrush was seen and heard at 5:30pm between the 17th
    and 18th holes at the 3 par golf course in California City.
    Leonie Batkin
    Ron Thorn
    Sent from my iPhone
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  29. Re: [CALBIRDS] Louisiana Waterthrush photos LINK
    DATE: Sep 5, 2012 @ 2:59pm, 6 year(s) ago
    The LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH continues near the 18th hole this morning at 7:42am.
    Leonie Batkin
    Ron Thorn
    Sent from my iPhone
    On Sep 4, 2012, at 10:23 PM,
    The Louisiana Waterthrush at California City Central Park was seen again this
    evening (Sep 4) at about 7:00 PM in the same general area that it was seen
    yesterday and this morning. I have posted a few of my better pics on my Flickr
    site linked below. The photos were taken in low light at ISO 6400, and I applied
    an auto correct function in MS Office Picture Manager before posting these
    photos. I am not a member of kerncobirding, so if somebody could forward this
    message to that listserv, I would appreciate it.
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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