To be honest, I would have thought I’d see one by now, given the considerable amount of time I spend near marshes and wetlands.
While hiking at the John Burroughs Sanctuary in West Park, New York, I came across a new swamp that I checked out. I found a small bird walking through the marsh, almost like a sandpiper, but without the long legs. His song was distinct to me, as I’ve listened to recordings to make myself more aware of their presence out in the field.
It was a Louisiana Waterthrush, and I got some great looks for a first time sighting! Let’s hope spring brings me some more new species!