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Swainson's Thrush

Catharus ustulatus


This is a new spotting for me--a Swainson's Thrush. The Swainson's thrush differs from the gray-cheeked thrush in that the swainson's thrush has an eye ring, which are large buffy eye rings that extend in front of the eye. The whitish throat is bordered on each side with a dark brown stripe. The upper parts are dull olive gray. Has slender body with long wings. Dark spots on chest that fade further down the belly.


This is a forest bird. It was spotted in a heavily wooded area near a pond and some old spruce pine trees at Kinder Farm Park, Anne Arundel County, Millersville, Maryland.


Had difficult time determining whether it was a swainson's thrush, hermit thrush or gray-cheeked thrush. But the eye ring was large in this bird so decided it was a swainson's thrush.

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4 Comments 7 years ago

Thanks James for the nice comment.

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Wonderful images of a beautiful bird 7 years ago

Thanks Ashley for your help. Always enjoy identifying a new spotting.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Not a wood thrush, they are much redder in color with more bold spotting. Maybe a swainson's or gray-cheeked, I'm not too good with the thrushes.
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Maryland, USA

Spotted on May 16, 2015
Submitted on May 16, 2015

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