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Old Thursday 25th April 2013, 22:44   #1
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Dead bird found on front porch California, US.

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I found this bird dead on my front porch this morning, can anyone help me identify what it might be?

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It's a Thrush. I'm thinking Hermit Thrush but I might be wrong as to which Thrush it is. A window strike?
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Old Thursday 25th April 2013, 22:53   #3
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I assume so, thanks for the info.
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Welcome to Birforum. I know its in CA but, IMO, it's a Grey-checked Thrush. The tail would be more contrasting rufous, there would be larger, darker spots on the chest and the legs would be pinker.

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Welcome to Birforum. I know its in CA but, IMO, it's a Grey-checked Thrush. The tail would be more contrasting rufous, there would be larger, darker spots on the chest and the legs would be pinker.

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Same, when I saw it I thought of G-C Thrush when I saw the photo, would expect more rufous tones if the bird was a Hermit
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Agree, Gray-cheeked Thrush
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This is much more likely to be a Swainson's thrush with the gray tones being photographic artifact. Gray-cheeked thrushes are very rare in California. The only report I am aware of in the past five years or so is from the Farallon Islands.
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This is much more likely to be a Swainson's thrush with the gray tones being photographic artifact. Gray-cheeked thrushes are very rare in California. The only report I am aware of in the past five years or so is from the Farallon Islands.
I knew CA was well outside the migration range of Grey-cheeked and debated whether the dark on the lores was 'real' or cause by displaced feathers, like the 'pale patches' under the eye. I noticed that the only part of an eyering showing - allowing for the eye having sunk - was at the rear of the eye, with none showing elsewhere, so ruled out the more probable Swainsons. As Grey-cheeked is that rare the probability of it being one is slim, to say the least. It would have been nice to see some more photos though.

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