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A Thrush, which one ??? Canada-Alberta (Sept '16) (1 Viewer)

Vagabren

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These may be of the same bird, photos were taken within minutes of each other.
 

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Vagabren

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I can see how the first is a Vesper Sparrow (thanks for that, I always think of Sparrows as small birds), but not seeing the second as a West Bluebird.
 

Microtus

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It has blue on the tail, an eye-ring, and some spotting on the upper chest left over from juvenal plumage. The bill strikes me as too stout for Mountain Bluebird.
 

DarkFireFalcon

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It has awfully long primaries, and though there's some spotting on the chest the back looks unspotted, and the chest has only a very faint rufous wash. I could see it as a Mountain Bluebird.
 

Vagabren

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Well at least I got thrush right! Posting another photo of the second bird - taken from a different angle - in the hope that it provides better field marks.

thanks, Brenda
 

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