Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Birding Islay Creek
I was birding by ear - no binoculars. Wilson's Warbler, one of my many favorites, was carrying on something fierce. Wrentit sang every time Mr. Wilson paused. In the distance Swainson's Thrush was singing. See photo borrowed from Wikipedia (thank you very much).
As I progressed up the creek the Swainson's Thrush was dominant, nearly drowning out Orange-crowned Warbler, Pacific-slope Flycatcher and the precious Western Wood-Pewee. From what I heard this perky, migrant Thrush had found a home in Islay Creek.
To hear the song of the Swainson's Thrush I am including a link to a 22 second video. The loudest sound is a Calif. Quail. The flute like sound is the song of the Thrush.