Date: 11/7/17 2:44 pm From: Tom Wadlow via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Late Swainson's thrush in Stonington
Hi-I had an interesting thrush this morning on the winterberry bush where lots of robins were feeding yesterday. My trusty CT Birds By the Season from the Jan 2005 Connecticut Warbler says they should not be around now, but I can't figure what else it could be. I got a side view and quick glance at the back and tail as it flew away. It was definitely a thrush with a big prominent dark eye. It was gray, with no reddishness anywhere on the back, tall or wings. At first I thought maybe a very dull bluebird, but there was no blue anywhere. It had spots on the chest that went down too far and were too prominent for a veery, not as prominent as wood thrush. The spots were closer to those of a hermit, Bicknell's or gray-cheeked. The definitive thing which led me to think Swainson's instead of any of those three species was a complete, prominent eye-ring which was definitely buffy, not white. It flew before I could take a picture. I am thinking late migrating juvenile Swainson's. Any other ideas?