Swainson’s Thrush

Catharus ustulatus
Swainson's thrush are great songsters/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

Swainson’s thrush is a common spring and summer resident that nests in the Refuge and nearby areas. It sings from various open vantage points during the spring, making it relatively easy to find.  It forages for berries and insects on the forest floor and in nearby vegetation. It prefers coniferous forests with dense undergrowth. It places its cup-shaped nest on a horizontal tree branch. Along the Pacific coast it also breeds in deciduous forests.

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Facts About Swainson’s Thrush

Also known as the Olive-backed Thrush

The only woodland thrush whose thin, musical, whistling notes go up in pitch

Named after the English ornithologist, William Swainson