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Swainson's Thrush

Catharus ustulatus


Banding at Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge


Liam 8 years ago

Not a Veery for sure, for the reasons evenlake stated.
ForestDragon, the spotting is very variable. I found a (unfortunately) deceased Hermit with spotting just like this one.

evenlake 8 years ago

A veery would have more red/rufous in it. Also, the head seems chopped off in pic I'm seeing.

KishaB 8 years ago

What does anyone think about the ID of Veery Thrush?

ForestDragon 8 years ago

Liam, I had a hard time with it as well but the markings from the photos I was using as reference seemed to match better. I might be wrong. Some of these thrushes are so difficult to ID.

The hermits seem to have darker markings on the chest a throat than this bird. I agree that the eyering is not very defined though.

Liam 8 years ago

I'm not entirely convinced this is a Swainson's. There doesn't seem to be enough buff on the superlora and I'm not seeing much of an eyering. I wouldn't hesitate calling it a Hermit, especially considering the date.

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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2012
Submitted on Jun 13, 2012

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