PV Birdathon today
- Hi Folks,
A bunch of us did our birdathons today in the South Bay of LA County, and there were no red-letter birds, but there was a Catharus thrush at Banning Park that I'm hoping other groups or individuals saw better than we did.
Jess Morton, Bob Shanman, and I saw (I think Ron Moline never saw the bird) this really, really bright, light rufous Catharus thrush that did not have noteworthy contrast between the tail, rump, and mantle or body. I did not see any dark spots on the breast. It had rufous flanks, one shade paler or more washed out han the body. I believe this field mark (and the "early" date, along with the extreme rarity) would rule out Veery, or at least make it extremely unlikely. This bird was a reddish milk chocolate color all over.
Unfortunately, we could never see the bird's face to see eye ring color, spectacle, cheek color, etc.,. The bird kept flying away from us.
If anybody else saw this bird today in the west end, please let us know what you saw and thought.
BTW Banning Park (Wilmington) had the most migrants, which wasn't all that many (Warbling Vireos, Wilson's Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warblers, W Tanagers, P Sl Flycatcher, etc.). Harbor Park, one mile west, was devoid of passerines and water birds.
Thomas Geza Miko
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