Bird identification can be difficult. The thrushes are a good example. American Robins are thrushes and are easy to identify.
The Wood Thrush is rusty-headed.
The Hermit Thrush has a reddish tail.
The Veery is a uniform warm brown above.
The Swainson’s Thrush has a heavily spotted breast and bold, buffy “spectacles.”
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.
Interesting light this morning:
The icicles now fringe the trees
That swayed in summer’s gentle breeze,
When summer days were fair. – Dora Read Goodale (1866–1915)