Gray-cheeked Thrush at Ashbridges Bay: Feb 2, 2022

Bird identification can be difficult. The thrushes are a good example. American Robins are thrushes and are easy to identify.

American Robin

The Wood Thrush is rusty-headed.

Wood Thrush

The Hermit Thrush has a reddish tail.

Hermit Thrush

The Veery is a uniform warm brown above.


The Swainson’s Thrush has a heavily spotted breast and bold, buffy “spectacles.”

Swainson’s Thrush

The Gray-cheeked Thrush (which we saw today eating Sea-buckthorn berries) is very similar to the Swainson’s but has a pale eye ring and grayish cheeks.

Gray-cheeked Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush

Other birds:

Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Mourning Dove
Northern Cardinal (female)
Common Goldeneye (male)
Common Goldeneye (male) and Hooded Merganser (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Ring-billed and Herring Gulls (some juvenile)
Mute Swan
Common Goldeneye
Lesser Scaup (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (male)
Redheads, Mallards and Gadwall
Cooper’s Hawk
Greater Scaup (male)
Cooper’s Hawk
Trumpeter Swans
Common Goldeneye (male) and Hooded Mergansers (female)
Cooper’s Hawk

Interesting light this morning:

Today’s group:


The icicles now fringe the trees
That swayed in summer’s gentle breeze,
When summer days were fair.                                  – Dora Read Goodale (1866–1915)

Miles Hearn

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