Thrushes

Swainson's thrush nest at the refuge/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

Plump-bodied birds, thrushes perch and nest in trees. They glean insects, fruits and worms. Excellent songsters, thrushes are often heard more than they are seen.

  • American Robin

    American robins are a common sight at the refuge/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    American robins are common all year round in the refuge, although less abundant in winter months. Their red breasts and happy songs are easy to distinguish.

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  • Hermit Thrush

    Hermit thrush are uncommon refuge users in the fall, winter and spring/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Uncommon in fall, winter and spring the hermit thrish forages in open grasslands and shrubs.

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  • Swainson's Thrush

    Swainson's thrush have a melodious song/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    A summer visitor, the Swainson's thrush nests here. Listen for its unique and melodios call.

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  • Varied Thrush

    Varied thrush have bright orange on faces and breasts/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Common year round at the Refuge, the varied thrush adds a brigt spot of color during winter months.

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  • Western Bluebird

    Western bluebirds are a rare sight at the Refuge/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

    Western bluebirds are a rare refuge visitor, feeding in fields and grasslands.

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