Date: 5/15/19 11:46 am From: ned bohman <nbohman...> Subject: Probable Gray-cheeked Thrush at Millers
While I was birding Miller's the other day (Monday the 13th) I had the very frustrating experience of seeing a review species and being unable to get photos or recordings. I am pretty confident the bird was a Gray-cheeked Thrush, I spent time in AK and feel pretty confident separating it from the similar and expected Swainson's Thrush. I realize that this would be a state record, and that makes it all the more frustrating. But I spent hours on multiple days staking this bird out, to no avail. By the time I came back to the bird with the camera, it was gone, never to be seen again. It never vocalized and did not respond to playback. The bird was foraging underneath one of the small pines and skulking in its lower branches, directly across the grassy area from the parking. Normally I would not post, especially with no evidence other than my word, but I wanted folks to be able to be on the look out for this rarity as it makes its way through our area. And yes I did submit a report to the records committee, but obviously no photos, so if any one is able to find this bird, photos! Photos! Photos!
As a side note, there was a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak also present, which we were able to re-find the next day. (all pink, large, pale bill; pale breast with streaking; white supercilium) I do not normally photograph birds and did not bother with this one as it is a fairly regular occurrence at this point.