Date: 10/20/19 11:06 am
From: Tom & Allison Mickel <tamickel...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Question about Catharus thrush call
Thanks Kevin & Nick,

I’ve been walking this trail most mornings for 11 years and worked in the Coast Range forests of Lane County for 32 years before that hearing Hermit Thrushes most of the year, and don’t recall hearing them make a call like this. But, that’s what’s so great about birding, you are always learning something new!

Also, I do know Gray-cheeked Thrush is a rare bird in Oregon, thus my reason for asking others for their thoughts on the call.

Tom Mickel

From: Nicholas Mrvelj [mailto:<nickmrvelj...>]
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2019 10:24 AM
To: <rriparia...>
Cc: Tom & Allison Mickel; <lanebirds...>; <obol...>
Subject: Re: [obol] Re: Question about Catharus thrush call

Hello Tom,

This sounds good for a Hermit Thrush, specifically their “vee” vocalization.

Here’s a similar example

Also, check the fourth and fifth recordings on this link and you’ll find a match for both of vocalizations you described:

The behavior would also make sense for Hermit Thrush, as they are fall/winter residents in lower elevations throughout Western Oregon, and are expected in your area this time of year. Gray-cheeked Thrush would be an extraordinarily rare find on the other hand, and I’d be shocked if it was hanging out for several mornings in a row and calling like that. Plus, it’s vocalizations sound a little but different.

My two cents. Thanks for sharing and if you disagree you can always upload it to eBird or xeno-canto and scrutinize the shape of the spectrogram, cross comparing it to HETH vs GCTH.

Good Birding,


On Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 9:56 AM <rriparia...> <rriparia...> wrote:


I listened to other thrush species on xeno-canto and IMO, the Bicknell's Thrush seems to have a closer match to the "Lesser Goldfinch" tones of your recording.

I'll continue listening to other recordings on that site and also include checking Hermit Thrush for other sounds I may not be familiar with.

Kevin Spencer

Klamath Falls, OR


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From: Tom & Allison Mickel

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Subject:[obol] Question about Catharus thrush call

OBOL & Lane Birders,

I recorded a Catharus thrush this morning on my morning walk on the
ridgeline trail in SE Eugene. I've heard the bird calling in the same
location four mornings in the last week. In addition to the call I recorded,
I've also heard a very high-pitched thin note from a thrush in the same
location. After listening to calls of Catharus thrush on Cornell's website,
it sounds most like a Gray-cheeked Thrush, but I'm wondering what other
people think. The recorded call sounds most like the second recording on
Cornell's website, and the high-pitched thin note sounded most like the
fourth recording. The recording was made at 7:20am, and I saw the thrush
hopping up the trail in front of me, but could not see any details because
it was too dark.

Tom Mickel

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