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Thrush: Hermit or Swainson's?

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I saw this bird today in my yard in Altadena, California. It hung out almost all day. I saw it several times. When I first I saw I immediately thought Hermit Thrush. Pink legs. White eyering. They are pretty common here. However, every photo I submit to Merlin for ID says Swainson's Thrush or Swainson's/Hermit. Other than the eyering (whiter in a Hermit's) the biggest differentiator seems to be the tail (redder in a Hermit Thrush). I am still pretty sure this is a Hermit Thrush regardless of what Merlin says, but I'd appreciate learning about the differences from people more experienced than I am. Thank you!




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