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All three species of thrush -- i.e. Hermit, Swainson's and Gray-cheeked --  
are possible at this time of year. However, most Hermit Thrushes have gone 
through by now. If you did not see the reddish tail, you can probably rule 
that one out. (Also, Hermit Trushes keep twitching their tails, unlike the 
other two.)

Of the other two, Swainson's is by far the most common. Look for yellowish 
or buffy spectacles on Swainson's. Gray-cheeked lacks a clearly defined 
eye-ring.


Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 6:49 PM
Subject: thrush id help


>A speckle breasted, slightly olive brown backed thrush hopped about  in a 
>nearby pecan tree this evening.  I got good, long looks (no song  or 
>calls), and still can't tell which one it is when I look at guide  pictures 
>of Hermit, Gray-cheeked, and Swainson's.  Can someone give  me things to 
>look for?  It doesn't show the reddish tail Sibley shows.
>
> June Newman
> Carroll County
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