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Water Ouzel

Cinclus mexicanus


A stocky dark grey bird with a head sometimes tinged with brown, and white feathers on the eyelids cause the eyes to flash white as the bird blinks. It is 16.5 cm long and weighs on average 46 g. It has long legs, and bobs its whole body up and down during pauses as it feeds on the bottom of fast-moving, rocky streams


Spotted at the viewing area just downstream from the base of Yellowstone falls. It kept diving in the water and reemerging on the bank.


Not a great photo, but how often do you get to see an Ouzel.

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NicoleB 12 years ago

Yep. Same here :)
My memory sucks (I came with too little storage room), but when I see the Backups, the memories come back ;-)

lori.tas 12 years ago

Yeah, my photos are like an external hard drive - that I can access to remember what I've seen and where I've been.

NicoleB 12 years ago

Nice find!
Would love to see one (and hey, like you say, at least you can show that you saw one - 80% of my photos are just for 'proof' :D)

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Wyoming, USA

Spotted on May 7, 1994
Submitted on Aug 7, 2011

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