Date: 5/2/19 1:12 pm From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> Subject: [obol] Re: Lane Co. Swainson's Thrush 5/2
No Catharus at all at Malheur yet.
Alan Contreras Eugene, Oregon
Temporary address: Malheur NWR 36391 Sodhouse Ln Princeton OR 97721
> On May 2, 2019, at 12:27 PM, David Irons <llsdirons...> wrote: > > Thanks Noah for this post, as we are in the season when Swainsonâ€™s Thrush reports typically bloom prematurely. Any suspected Swainsonâ€™s Thrush before the second week of May should be identified with care and a healthy dose of skepticism. Noah has mostly lived on the same property east of Creswell for his entire birding lifetime cally and this May 2 sighting is his earliest ever by FIVE DAYS! Noah is an astute observer with excellent hearing. I think we can safely assume that hasnâ€™t been missing birds that were present all these years. > > I think that the incredible breeding season abundance of Swainsonâ€™s Thrushes creates the false notion that they are the default spring migrant thrushes in Oregon. From mid-October thru at least 5 May the default Catharus thrush in Oregon is Hermit Thrush. Just yesterday Shawneen and I spent three hours on Cooper Mtn. SW of Portland and we found multiple migrant Hermits and expectedly no Swainsonâ€™s. Hermits are generally higher elevation nesters that are absent from the lowlands during the window when Swainsonâ€™s predominate and they never approach the sort of numbers that Swainsonâ€™s reach from the latter half of May thru September. It is also important to remember that many of the spring migrant Hermits are of a different subspecies than those that winter in western Oregon. They are larger and differently colored, perhaps contributing to Hermits being routinely misidentified as Swainsonâ€™s this time of year. > > Dave Irons > Beaverton, OR > Sent from my iPhone > >> On May 2, 2019, at 10:51 AM, Noah Strycker <noah.strycker...> wrote: >> >> Hi birders, >> >> An early SWAINSON'S THRUSH was in the yard (five miles east of Creswell, south of Eugene) this morning, along with a Hermit Thrush and other migrants. This beats my earliest yard date by five days; in past years I've usually noticed Swainson's arriving here between May 7-11. Maybe they're moving north with the good weather this week. >> >> Happy spring, >> Noah > ÎI4žÜ¨ººh²Ûh¡º%~·ž–+-²Šà$â > 9!8m¶ŸÿÃç¥ŠËl¢¸?–+-þ†è”àN-ªÜ†+Þ³0~·ž–+-²ŠàýªÜ†+Þþ†è”*'µ§-š‡^«h®†è–jz¶¢»ç¥ŠËl¢¸ POST: Send your post to <obol...> JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...>