Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Turdidae
Genus: Catharus
Species: ustulatus

Regional

This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

, British Columbia
Algonquin, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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On May 20, 2014, nutsaboutnature from Algonquin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I saw a Swainson's Thrush for the first time a few days ago. It was totally by accident since they blend in so well with their surroundings.

After listening to some of their assorted songs on a couple of bird websites, I realized I'd been hearing their beautiful songs for a while before ever seeing one.

They're elusive and pretty quick so I found it hard to get decent pictures, but watching them was fascinating.

One of them I watched appeared to be eating grubs (a real plus). Unfortunately they only visit my area during migration.