Bird #155 — Swainson’s Thrush

catharus (purity of song) ustulatus (singed)

Sunday, May 18, 1980 — 1:40 pm

Des Plaines, Illinois — home

There was a row of bushes along the property line between our backyard and the backyard next door.  There was also a large tree (I think a mulberry) next to the shed.  I put a bird bath under the bushes next to the shed, punched a small hole in a plastic milk carton and hung it over the bath.  A drop of water would plop into the bath every twenty seconds or so, and it drew migrating birds like a magnet.  I spent hours watching out the window and so got a chance to study and become familiar with a lot of birds that are hard to see well in the woods.

I spotted this Swainson’s Thrush foraging on the ground under the bushes and splashing in the bird bath.

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