Date: 5/20/20 4:04 pm From: R Stewart <2cnewbirds...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Swainson's Thrush
While the birding was exceptionally slow and quiet this a.m., it was again, quality not quantity that ruled. I rarely see Swainson's Thrush at all in migration, let alone on the breeding ground, but there was an incredible showing today. Note the lack of warblers or water related birds at the pond on this property.
Frosts, Bennington, Vermont, US May 20, 2020 8:44 AM - 10:04 AM Protocol: Traveling 0.4 mile(s) Checklist Comments: 50s. Clear. Very quiet. Most activity at cemetery 16 species
Hooded Merganser 1 Female Eastern Phoebe 1 Warbling Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 1 American Crow 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Gray Catbird 5 Swainson's Thrush 10 7 actively feeding in the cemetery on lawn; excellent long time, close views. Tried to get photo unsuccessfully. Three others were in 'open' feeding on forest road. Brown bird with no rufous overtones; distinctive buff ring around eye and face. Breast more speckled than Veery, but less than larger (seen side by side), rufous WOTH. Wood Thrush 1 WOTH and Swainson's seen together for comparison American Robin 4 American Goldfinch 1 Swamp Sparrow 3 Red-winged Blackbird 8 Common Grackle 2 Ovenbird 3 Common Yellowthroat 2