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Old Sunday 3rd December 2006, 23:31   #1
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thrush? northern california

having trouble with this one.
my guess was a hermit thrush. but i wouldnt know because ive never seen one before. located in northern california.

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Old Sunday 3rd December 2006, 23:59   #2
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I dunno, I think it looks more like a Swainson's with what, on my monitor, looks like a buffy, not white, eye ring, and the smudgy breast spotting. Can't see enough of the wings and back for the amount of rufous, but what we can see of the wings looks fairly reddish to me.

But I'm usually more wrong than right on photo IDing, so I'll defer to the experts.
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I'll go the other way and say Hermit going off jizz, but no expert here, so again, hope some of our friends here'll give us a nice ol' Catharus analysis! Nice capture on this guy, btw, whatever he / she may be. For ID purposes, when was this photo taken?
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Old Monday 4th December 2006, 00:57   #4
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Hello All,

The dark and noncontrasting lores (area between eye and bill) and strong, perfect eye ring, are enough pretty much by themselves to tell us the bird is a Hermit Thrush. All the other Catharus thrush have palish or contrasting lores, Swainson's Thrush have a distinctive "spectacles" where both eye ring and lores are buffy. Assuming the photo was taken recently, anything other than Hermit would be quite unlikely anyway.

All just my opinion, of course. Another opinion of mine is that Karl did an excellent job with the photo!
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so i think im going to go with a hermit. thanks guys and thanks for the comments. 2nd day digiscoping.

alex, this picture was actually taken a 1/2 hour before i made that post. i was just practicing in my backyard.
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so i think im going to go with a hermit. thanks guys and thanks for the comments. 2nd day digiscoping.

alex, this picture was actually taken a 1/2 hour before i made that post. i was just practicing in my backyard.
Cool - as B Lag says, for this time of year, anything but Hermit would be quite unlikely.
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