Fw: Swainson's Thrush & State park Issaquah

Ruth Sullivan godwit at worldnet.att.net
Mon Mar 22 12:38:05 PST 2004


Hello Wayne& Martyn,
You beat me to also responding about the Swainson's Thrush.We had this
discussion before,and it is true that Starlings really imitating the call of
a Swainson's thrush.But maybe this year is a exception,we see if more
birders find Swainson's Thrushes.

Ruth Sullivan
Fircrest Tacoma
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wayne C. Weber" <contopus at telus.net>
To: "MARTYN STEWART" <mstew at naturesound.org>
Cc: "TWEETERS" <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Sent: Monday, March 22, 2004 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: Swainson's Thrush & State park Issaquah



> Martyn,

>

> A Swainson's Thrush in March would be extremely unusual. Gene Hunn, in

> "Birding in Seattle and King County" (1982) indicates that the main

> arrival of Swainson's Thrush is in May, with only a few appearing in

> late April, and none in March. Where I live, around Vancouver, B.C.,

> the average spring arrival date over 28 years for Swainson's Thrush is

> May 6, and the earliest record ever is April 16. In addition,

> Swainson's Thrushes usually do not begin singing until a week or two

> after they arrive on their territories, or about May 20 in our area.

>

> You did not indicate whether or not you saw the bird, or only heard

> it. I have heard Starlings give some very credible imitations of a

> Swainson's Thrush song. Could it be that perhaps you heard a Starling

> imitation rather than a real Swainson's Thrush? This is one sighting

> for which some visual confirmation would definitely be helpful.

>

>

> Wayne C. Weber

> Delta, BC

> contopus at telus.net

>

>

>

>

> ----- Original Message -----

> From: Martyn Stewart <mstew at naturesound.org>

> To: 'Tweeters' <tweeters at u.washington.edu>

> Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2004 4:00 PM

> Subject: Swainson's Thrush & State park Issaquah

>

>

> > I got my first Swainson's thrush of the season this afternoon at

> State Park

> > Issaquah, beautiful haunting spiral sound!

> >

> > The herons are doing well on the building with maybe 5 to 6 more

> nests than

> > last year; I counted 41 herons in the Heronry :-)

> >

> > Tree swallows in abundance, no willow flycatchers yet or common

> > yellowthroats but after today's sunshine, the dorsal tones will soon

> be with

> > us :-)

> >

> >

> >

> >

> >

> > Martyn

> >

>

>

>





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