Documentation of Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed)

Observer Information

Reporter:  Steven Mlodinow  530 Peregrine Circle,   Longmont, CO  80504-8806
Other Observers:  none

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Swainson's Thrush (Russet-backed)
First Date/Time:  5/23/2014 10:05:00 AM
Last Date/Time:  5/23/2014 10:06:00 AM
Duration (total time in view):  30 seconds or so
County:  Yuma
Specific Location:  Location Not Listed
Number:  1
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Unknown
Plumage:  Other/Unknown

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  swarovski 12x50 bins
Distance:  60 feet or so
Light:  excellent

Description of the Bird

Bird flew off ground, flying away from me, and then landing in tree facing away. It soon shifted position giving me a side/frontal 3/4 view.
Back rusty, approaching that of Veery. Sides and flanks moderate buff; no gray. Chest lightly spotted, washed in buff. Face buffy with buffy eyering. Size and shape similar to that of OB Thrush

Similar Species Discussion

Olive-backed Thrush: Would have duller upperparts, gray sides, bolder and more extensive spotting beneath. Bird had a uniform look, including face and chest, that is lacking in OB Thrush, which shows contrast between buff and olive-brown regions.
Veery: would have gray flanks, gray face

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Date Documentation Submitted

6/14/2014 4:19:00 PM

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