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Hi All,

Im sure I have a hermit here but looking to confirm and also understand better the difference between hermit and swainson’s. 
 

By “Buff eyering” it means more prevelant and noticeable? Didn’t notice a tail bob but didn’t have a long look - 

Feb 16, 2020 - Santa Rosa Beach Fl

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Yep, Hermit. Note the cold gray face. Swainson’s would have prominent buffy “spectacles” and a stronger buff wash on the underparts. Also note the reddish wings and tail. 

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February anywhere in the US = Hermit Thrush

Hermit has whitish eye rings, not buff, and Swainson's eye rings are connected to a wide, buff loral stripe forming spectacles. Hermit generally has black lateral throat stripes, while Swainson's are generally medium-dark brown. Swainson's upperparts are concolorous with the tail; Hermit's tail is strikingly orange and contrasts with upperparts, at least in Northern/Eastern birds. Hermit's slow tail lift is diagnostic, and usually does it with accompanying drooped wings.

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31 minutes ago, Tony Leukering said:

February anywhere in the US = Hermit Thrush

Hermit has whitish eye rings, not buff, and Swainson's eye rings are connected to a wide, buff loral stripe forming spectacles. Hermit generally has black lateral throat stripes, while Swainson's are generally medium-dark brown. Swainson's upperparts are concolorous with the tail; Hermit's tail is strikingly orange and contrasts with upperparts, at least in Northern/Eastern birds. Hermit's slow tail lift is diagnostic, and usually does it with accompanying drooped wings.

Thanks for the explanation! The details are great, know what to look for. Cheers!

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