This appears to be a decently-photographed Wood Thrush (nothing
"possible" about it, at least to my eyes). Not sure why you'd need to
see the cheek clearly - the large, round spots extending down the
entire underparts are diagnostic for this species, which is really
different from our other Catharus thrushes.
Right time of year, but great find!
--- In CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
, "Ken and Brenda Kyle"
> This mornng, Thursday, 10-9-08, at Galileo Hill, Ken and I saw a
> bird that we believe to be a Wood Thrush. We have placed one photo of
> this bird into the Calbirds photo section into the album labeled Birds.
> Please check this photo before taking off to look for this bird.
> This bird was seen first coming out from under an Oleander bush
> west of the stables. It then flew to the trees south of the stables.
> After a few minutes, it flew again toward the stables at which time we
> were unable to relocate the bird.
> We were not able to see the cheek clearly on this bird do to poor
> lighting, therefore, we came home and downloaded the photos. We still
> couldn't see the cheek as well as we would have liked, but we still
> believe the bird to be a Wood Thrush. It has a bold white eye-ring, and
> it has dark dots on a white chest. The dark black dots go all the way
> down the flank area. The upperpart of the bird is reddish brown. It
> looked more reddish than brown.
> Ken and Brenda Kyle