Date: 12/20/18 4:48 pm
From: Mary Lee Sayre <maryleesayre...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Winter Thrushes

Forgot to say that there’s very few berries this year. Last year we had a bumper crop of madrone berries.

> On Dec 20, 2018, at 4:22 PM, Gerard Lillie <gerardlillie...> wrote:
> Hello All,
> There has been a noticeable lack of thrushes in my yard, immediate neighborhood and Mt. Tabor park in Portland. At least that is what I have experienced. My yard has a bumper crop of berries on the Evergreen Huckleberries, Highbush Cranberries and Mountain Ash yet I have only seen Varied Thrushes in my yard twice this winter for just a couple of days and no Hermit Thrushes at all. Typically there are one to several Varied Thrushes wintering in our immediate area and frequently they are on the ground picking seeds at the seed feeders. There also are typically one or two Hermits, as well. In my walks in Mt. Tabor Park I have heard Varieds once and no Hermits, which is atypical. Is it just me or have others experienced this? Is the winter not severe enough in the mountains that Varieds have not yet moved down in numbers?
> Good birding, Gerard
> Gerard Lillie
> Portland, OR

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