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Varied Thrush

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  • Mike Martin
    Hi all A male Varied Thrush today at Tamarisk Grove campground in Anza- Borrego, along with at least three Hermit Thrushes. A Hooded Oriole in the
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 4 9:35 PM
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      Hi all

      A male Varied Thrush today at Tamarisk Grove campground in Anza-
      Borrego, along with at least three Hermit Thrushes. A Hooded Oriole in
      the just-blooming Palo Verde across the street at the ranger's
      residence. Wrens, Verdins, Western Bluebirds, Phainopeplias,
      Gnatcatchers also. And the Long-eared Owls continue. Also continuing,
      the Bald Eagles at Lake Henshaw, observed switching nest duties.

      All together, an outstanding day under calm and clear sunny skies and
      72 degree weather in the desert. Are we lucky or what?

      Good birding to you all and, as Marty Stoufer used to say, "Enjoy your
      wild America!"

      Mike Martin
      Oceanside, CA
    • Ken Wilson
      To continue the conversation on Varied Thrush movement, from Hawk Hill in Marin County at the Golden Gate Bridge, mixed flocks of Am Robins and Varied Thrushes
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 18, 2014
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        To continue the conversation on Varied Thrush movement, from Hawk Hill in Marin County at the Golden Gate Bridge, mixed flocks of Am Robins and Varied Thrushes flew north into Marin Co. from San Francisco on Sunday Nov 16th. They were too distant to access the %age of mix but the total numbers were close to 2000.

             Ken Wilson, Santa Rosa.

      • Kristie
        Neat reading about the Varied Thrush events on the coast. The Eastern Sierra (at least Mono County) has been having a pretty unprecedented movement of Varied
        Message 3 of 3 , Nov 18, 2014
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          Neat reading about the Varied Thrush events on the coast.

          The Eastern Sierra (at least Mono County) has been having a pretty unprecedented movement of Varied Thrushes, including high elevations. On Oct. 26, in Grass Lake, above North Lake (upper elevations west of Bishop) an observer reported 18-25+, a second saw about 3 flocks of 4 -12 (Inyo Co.). 
          Another observer reported 4-5 moving thru their backyard in Mammoth Lakes -- an elevation about 8000' in the eastern Sierra, Mono County. In Mono County, Varied Thrushes are barely annual and usually only singles; but they have been reported regularly this fall since about mid October. I don't even know what the Mono total is thus far -- but more than any other fall based on records I have.

          Seems from Eastern Sierra Birds listserve that Inyo County is having a similar (or even greater?) pattern (even one in Surprise Canyon -- a seldom birded canyon near Death Valley), but I'm not familiar with Inyo records enough to know how this compares to past years for this species that can be so irregular in occurrence. 

          -- Kristie Nelson





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          Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:18:37 -0800
          Subject: [CALBIRDS] Varied Thrush



          To continue the conversation on Varied Thrush movement, from Hawk Hill in Marin County at the Golden Gate Bridge, mixed flocks of Am Robins and Varied Thrushes flew north into Marin Co. from San Francisco on Sunday Nov 16th. They were too distant to access the %age of mix but the total numbers were close to 2000.

               Ken Wilson, Santa Rosa.



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