[Tweeters] Varied Thrushes breeding in Anacortes

Dan Reiff, PhD dan.owl.reiff at gmail.com
Sun May 19 23:43:31 PDT 2019

Hello Kristi,
Great find and report!
I have seen Varied Thrushes in late May in Deception Pass park and near Pass lake. I assumed they were on breeding territories, but did not search for nests or young.
Thank you,
Dan Reiff

> On May 19, 2019, at 10:09 PM, Kristi Hein <khc at picturesandwords.com> wrote:


> 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.


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