The Thrush Bird Family
May 21, 2016 8:44am CST
Years ago, I lived in a densely wooded area where I was privileged to have my first experience with thrushes, a family of birds that are more often heard than seen. And believe me, once you're heard a thrush, you know you've experienced something special. It took me awhile to realize that these were no ordinary birds, so I did some researching and learned that there are several species native to this area that have such similar markings that they are hard to tell apart. Those include the hermit thrush, the wood thrush, Swainson's thrush and the veery. I took a photo of one on my bog walk awhile ago, but I can't tell for sure which species it is, so I won't venture a guess. Other members of the thrush family that folks might be more familiar with are the American robin, the eastern, western, and mountain bluebirds, the varied thrush, and Townsend's solitaire. Their songs aren't that spectacular, but those of the birds that are native to this part of the world are, and the first time I heard one, I was in shock. The best way I can describe it is to say that these small birds must have picked up a flute and started to play it. Otherwise, just check out the link I included at the bottom of this post to listen to them. One evening last week, I heard one of them in the trees outside my living room window. These woods are not far from the bog, so it's very possible that many of the same thrushes frequent both areas. Lucky for me, because their songs take me back to that wonderful place I once shared with them, an experience I will never forget. Photo Copyright@2016 Rachel Lovejoy
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• United States
22 May 16
I'm not sure I've ever heard a thrush, although there are birds I've heard but never seen, so I guess it's possible! When I lived at the house, I heard so many birds and I saw even more. I loved it. I don't see as many now because I'm up so much higher than the trees. I miss all the birds. I hear them occasionally but not like I used to.
• Saco, Maine
22 May 16
The American robin is a thrush, so I'm sure you've seen one of them. And their song isn't bad either, quite melodious. If you've seen a bluebird, then you've see another member of the thrush family. The one in my photo is one of the species that you don't see very often, as they live in the deep woods.
• Saco, Maine
24 May 16
That is so true. In North American alone, there are dozens of species of warblers, many yellow ones with almost identical markings, give or take the lack of a stripe here or an eye ring there. Only the experts are able to sort them all out. I don't even try, as my eyesight is bad now, and even with field glasses, it's not easy to tell.