Date: 11/9/17 6:37 am From: Christopher Heckscher <checkscher...> Subject: Re: [nfc-l] Gray-cheeked thrush?
I agree with Ken this is definitely a Gray-cheeked Thrush. Interestingly, GCTH tracked from breeding grounds in western British Columbia via geolocators and GPS units show routes eastward across Montana prior to moving south toward the Gulf of Mexico.
From: <bounce-2412307-53236898...> <bounce-2412307-53236898...> on behalf of Kenneth V. Rosenberg <kvr2...>
Sent: Thursday, November 9, 2017 12:09:59 AM
Cc: Carrie Voss; Kate Stone
Subject: Re: [nfc-l] Gray-cheeked thrush?
Pretty definitely a Gray-cheeked Thrush. I just heard many in Panamα after hearing them in NY earlier in the fall. Will be interesting to see how this is treated by the records Committees.
Sure looks (and sounds) like it to me. I think you can even rule out Bicknell's, haha.
As you say, it is exciting. This brings up something I've been meaning to propose: Given how many Gray-cheeked and Swainson's thrushes are actually seen in Britain, it occurs to me that it might be cool to put up a detector on the Isles of Scilly pointing out toward the ocean. Especially near a light, if there is one. We all know the truism that you can hear more Gray-cheeks in an hour than you might see in a lifetime. If that applies to thrushes excitedly approaching the British Isles, imagine how many thrushes you might detect that way.
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On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 3:09 PM, Debbie Leick <dleick...><mailto:<dleick...>> wrote:
Could this be anything other than a Gray-cheeked Thrush? We get many Swainson's Thrush but this is so different. Recorded in Victor, MT, 9/14/17, ~5:45am. It would be a first for us since we began monitoring in 2012. Also, I could not find any records of GCTH west of the Montana continental divide in either eBird or the MT Natural Heritage Program database. So if it is, a very exciting record for us!
Thanks in advance for any guidance!