Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Swainson’s Thrush

Our first Swainson’s Thrush of 2021—a very common breeding bird along most of the west coast of North America, Alaska, and central Canada and the northernmost United States. We caught this individual on 9 May, and noted that the bird was already banded. We first banded this thrush on 13 June 2020. This age is not unusal for songbirds, but its fidelity to our backyard is noteworthy. The closest that these thrushes spend the winter is central Mexico. Many continue south, wintering through Central America and all the way across western South America to Argentina.

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