He hopped erratically down the path in the woods pausing now and then for a quick snack. When he reached the end of his segment, he flew to a branch to rest before flying back to the beginning to start all over again.
There were two more Swainson’s thrushes in view on the morning of May 17th: one before and one after him on the path. They were all traveling through on the way to their summer homes further north.
Their call is a soft “whit” which could barely be heard over the noisy morning chatter of the other birds.
The “whit” call of a Swainson’s thrush in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, May 17, 2018. He calls three times in the recording. The calls are faint compared to the chatter of the other birds.
The Swainson’s thrushes look similar to the hermit thrushes who visited the woods in late April. Their back feathers have a greenish tint compared to the rusty reddish feathers of the hermit thrushes. The patterns of the feathers by their beaks and on their fronts are different as well.
A Swainson’s thrush in the woods in Jester Park, Iowa, May 17, 2018.
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