Hi Bill and all,
I for one agree with Bill. Simon is the best birder I know and the others
who weighed in are better birders than I. But my first instinct was
Ovenbird. The breast seems to show streaks, not dots. And the back color
looks more like Ovenbird.
Maybe Jim can weigh in on size. Jim saw it in person and had the best
impression - and he thought thrush.
Ain't birding fun?
On Sat, May 16, 2020 at 9:02 AM Bill Steiner <steiner.audubon@xxxxxxxxx>
I gotta go with Ovenbird. The lateral stripe on the throat is diagonal in
profile and ends on the side of the neck. It is fairly sharp and has a
distinct white area above it. On the Gray-cheeked, the throat stripes
(when present) are not well-defined and run parallel from under the chin
almost straight down the breast.
James' bird has breast spots that appear to be dark and distinct and are
almost grouped into stripes . On the Gray-cheeked, the spots are smaller,
have softer edges and are not lined up into stripes..
James' bird appears to have a distinct dark stripe on the crown and it has
a noticeable eye ring. And the entire back of James' bird appears to be a
light cinnamon brown and not the darker brown of the Gray cheeked. .
The one physical aspect that tilts toward Gray-cheeked is the bill. It
appears to have a yellow base which is not obvious in the Ovenbird.
But Ovenbirds are breeding here in numbers. Not common, but certainly not
rare. Heard two up Reem's Creek Road yesterday. Gray-cheeked thrushes are
still migrating through but they are MUCH more difficult to find - for me.
So the loyal opposition votes for Ovenbird. Cheers, Bill
On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 2:42 AM Simon Thompson <simonrbt@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Looks more like a Gray-cheeked Thrush than any of the other species. The
big eye is a good clue
Nice yard bird!
Simon RB Thompson
Ventures Birding Tours
Please use the Ventures e-mail (Venturesbirding@xxxxxxxxx) to contact
the Ventures office - thanks!
On Thu, May 14, 2020 at 11:25 PM James Poling <james.poling@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Any guesses on the ID of this Thrush in our backyard the last few days?
I don’t think it is a Wood Thrush or Hermit Thrush. Maybe Swainson’s Thrush
or Gray-cheeked Thrush. Sorry for the quality. The bird has been very
furtive. Jim Poling
james poling, 624 Azalea Avenue, Black Mountain, North Carolina, 28711,