Simple birds often seem to defy my limited identification skills. I caught sight of this little bird in the early morning Friday at Huntley Meadows Park. Its overall shape reminded me a bit of an American Robin, but the colors were all wrong.
One of the helpful birders at a Facebook group called Birding Virginia came to my rescue when I posted this photo. She identified it as a probable Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus), a migratory species that is almost certainly just passing through our area. If you want to learn more about this bird, check out this page on the website of Cornell Lab of Ornithology, one of my favorite resources for information about birds.
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