Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius


eBird Checklist S74711535
Lassen Volcanic NP--Manzanita Lake Campground
Shasta, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 40.5285, -121.5627 Map

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Lifer! I heard it first and then saw it near the top of a Jeffrey Pine. Based on the recordings I had studied, I would say what I heard was a call, as opposed to a song. It had a very similar "sheen" quality to the songs I had listened to, but each call was much shorter - one second long at most - and not varied. With how high up it was, I could be off on the size, but it looked a little smaller than a robin, and with a slightly yellower-orange tint as opposed to a redder one. The thick black band across the top of the breast was evident and I could tell there was some amount of orange and black striping on the face, but not much more than that. This was the second morning of a three-night camping trip I went on with my family and some friends (see my Mountain Chickadee record from two days earlier for more of the backstory). My wife and I were both sleep deprived because our young kids, especially the baby, weren't used to sleeping in the tent or in such cold temperatures. I had just left the tent with the baby so my wife could focus on getting our toddler up and ready when I heard the thrush. Since I was carrying the baby, I knew there was no way I'd be able to take a photo, so with my one free hand I could either choose to pull up my little scope and try to get a better look than what I was seeing naked eye, or record the intriguing sound. I chose the latter, and I'm kind of glad I did. It was still a decent naked-eye look I got, but after the one call I recorded the bird flew off and I walked back to my camp site to start getting breakfast ready.

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