Swainson’s Thrush – Sept 10, 2006

Swainson's Thrush

I got this picture this morning. This bird was in distress, he was all puffed up and he had a bald spot on the side of his head. I’m hoping he was just cold from the chilly morning we had. I hope he makes it. Note the buffy throat and face and the olive gray back, I believe that makes this a Swainson’s Thrush. We had a lot of these birds singing in the woods this spring and summer. It sounds to me like their song is a cross between a Hermit Thrush and a Veery. Very beautiful.
I also watched a Magnolia Warbler foraging in the Spruce tree in the font yard. Great start to a gorgeous fall day.

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