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Hi, I saw this thrush-like bird standing still for a long time on this log.  It was today at 11 am on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada.  At first glance I thought it was an American Robin.

My poor photo lacks enough detail for me to be sure what I saw.  Any clues I might be missing?  Thanks!

 

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Yes, this is a Swainson's Thrush. Note the same-color back/tail and buffy spectacles.

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On 5/25/2020 at 5:31 PM, Louie said:

see the dots?!

If you're asking if others can see all the spots on the breast of this Swainson's Thrush, the answer is no. This is due to the camera angle. The buffy spectacle is a more useful feature for this ID as other Catharus thrush species also have spots on their breast.

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7 minutes ago, akandula said:

If you're asking if others can see all the spots on the breast of this Swainson's Thrush, the answer is no. This is due to the camera angle. The buffy spectacle is a more useful feature for this ID as other Catharus thrush species also have spots on their breast.

Does "buffy" describe the colour or the texture of the eyering?

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3 minutes ago, twitchy said:

Does "buffy" describe the colour or the texture of the eyering?

Buffy describes the color.  Buff is a yellowish-brown.

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Does "buffy" describe the colour or the texture of the eyering?

It also describes how distinct the eyering is. At least for a Swainson's Thrush...

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3 minutes ago, Jefferson Shank said:

It also describes how distinct the eyering is. At least for a Swainson's Thrush...

No, it's the color of the eyering.  You know the chicken breed called the Buff Orpington?  They are a buffy color, a yellowish-brown.

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