Swainson's thrush (Catharus ustulatus)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 6.25 inches
Eastern United States have olive-brown upperparts-browner in western birds
Dark spots on breast
Underparts white with brownish flanks
Thin bill with pale base to lower mandible
Often forages on forest floor
The Bicknell's thrush resides in forests where it is more often heard than
seen. It most similar to other thrushes. Gray-cheeked and Bicknell's
thrushes lack buffy spectacles and have gray cheeks. In the East, veeries
have rustier upperparts, less spotting on the breast and lack spectacles.
In the West, veeries and Swainson's thrushes are quite similar and can
be separated by flank color, gray in veeries and brown in Swainson's.
Wood and hermit thrushes have rusty areas on their upperparts.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 3-4
Length of Incubation: 12-14 days
Days to Fledge: 10-13
Number of Broods: ?
Diet: Mostly insects; lesser quantities of fruit and worms
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley