[Tweeters] Varied Thrushes breeding in Anacortes

Kristi Hein khc at picturesandwords.com
Sun May 19 22:09:12 PDT 2019

Early this morning, while hiking in the Anacortes Community Forest
Lands, I was startled to see a Varied Thrush with a fledgling! Speckled
breast, begging to be fed. Perched briefly together on an evergreen
branch about 20 feet up. Too dark for a photo.

I thought they were long gone to the mountains to breed. In fifteen
years here, this is the first proof of lowland breeding that I've seen.
Any observations from the experts?

In more seasonal news, I also heard the first Swainson's Thrush song of
2019 in the forest! At Little Cranberry Lake, a pair of Tree Swallows
mated on top of a snag, an Osprey caught a fish, an Anna's Hummingbird
hawked deftly for invisible insects, and a Canada Goose stood calmly in
the shallows. Bliss.

Kristi Hein

Kristi Hein
Pictures & Words Editorial Services
"When your words have to be right"
Anacortes, Washington

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