This bird was stunned after hitting my dining room window. Luckily it flew off after about 15 minutes. I took the opportunity to get some close shots. I'm thinking it is some kind of thrush? Once I started looking at pictures I realized there were so many that look similar that I couldn't be positive.
Hermit Thrush - note the fairly bold breast spotting, and the slightly rufous tone to the primaries and primary coverts. Swainson's is greyer-toned above with less contrast in the primaries, and less prominent breast spots (and would be in South America now, anyway!)
Wow, you guys are good! I looked up Hermit and Swainson's thrush and thought it was both lol. Then I looked at some Veery pics and decided it was that too. I'm hopeless ha ha. Here is another photo that shows more of its back.
Actually, I took this photo in late summer/early fall. It was during the start of migration. I'm lucky because I live not too far from a creek and I think I am near one of the migration paths. I usually see one or two varieties in the late fall and early spring that I can't identify. Also the creek and farmland nearby are a great habitat for things like bobwhite that I hear but never see up in my 'hood.
Thanks so much guys. I really appreciate all the help you have given me. I am sorry I didn't mention that these pics were taken a while ago (color me embarrassed lol!) Pelletory has been encouraging me to join one of her discovered bird forums all summer. I got so busy with growing and photographing daylilies that I never got to it till just after the holidays. I have been saving my 2 id puzzles till I got on board. Then just when that time came... BINGO! A Dave's bird forum! What better time lol!
I have to say that I am not sure which thrush this could be for sure but I am ruling out the hermit thrush because they mention pink legs. But I am thinking thrush as opposed to warbler now. Again, thank you thank you thank you! Isn't birding fun? Its pretty hard when you just know a little though lol.
I echo your appreciation of the Sibley bird guides Magpye. I love them because they offer so many views of the bird in question. I like having many to look in and compare though. I also love just doing a google search too.