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I haven’t had a lot of luck birding in Utah lately on the weekends, even on the days when I had time to bird for more than a few minutes, so today I’m switching back to California pictures.  This, I believe, is a Swainson’s Thrush.

I took these pictures at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.  I didn’t see many birds so I found a rock and sat for 30 minutes.  This thrush flew onto a nearby bush, proving that the best birding results from patience.  You may notice that his beak is red from eating berries.

I was having trouble identifying the bird so he very helpfully gave me a front view.

In Golden Gate Park last February, I saw what I believe is a Hermit Thrush.

The Hermit Thrush has gray flanks, a gray head and a whiter eye ring.  The difference between the russet-colored tail and the gray head is the most noticeable distinction.

Utah is supposed to have these two types of thrushes, plus two more types.  Here’s hoping I see some today.

3 Responses to “Bird Identification – Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes”

  1. Mary says:

    Thanks for pointing out the berry stain on the Swainson’s Thrush’s beak. Great pics! (But I could comment that every time — and frequently do!)

  2. Sandy says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Elizabeth. I do post bird photos often, so you might see of old your old NE friends there.
    Yours is a pretty blog.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Mary! It’s always nice to hear.

    Thanks Sandy, I’ve been a longtime fan of your blog. Your pictures are amazing.