Don Sutherland found a singing Louisiana Waterthrush 300 m north of the intersection of Rice Lake Road and Asphodel Third Line. The bird is singing in the wet ash swamp on the west side of the road. He found it around 11 am on May 1 and I went and heard it around 1 pm at the same place. The Third Line is the north-south road that crosses Rice Lake Road where the Indian River crosses. There is a small park and playground on the NW corner at the intersection. Don found the bird at about 10:30, hearing its song through the open window of his car. The bird was singing almost constantly when first found, and engaging in regular chases with a resident male Northern Waterthrush. It could be heard and seen easily from the roadside, so there is no need to wade into the swamp, which is privately owned.

Location: Hastings area
Observer: Chris Risley and Don Sutherland

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.