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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Swainson's Thrush and American Goldfinch- I have two nests to show you

One of my favorite birds on the Mendonoma Coast is the Swainson's Thrush. Its flute-like calls are wonderful to hear, always ending on a high note. To listen for yourself, here's a link from Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

Robert Schwein discovered a nest with three eggs. They are completely blue with no flecks of brown, which is a bit unusual. However the babies didn't care. Robert watched them fledge a few days ago.

American Goldfinches arrive in the spring, delighting us with their beauty. Jeff and Pearl Watts had a  Goldfinch nest in the wreath hanging on their door! Here's a photo of the young birds in the nest.
Thanks to the Watts and Robert Schwein for allowing me to share their photos.


Suzanne said...

Love the blue eggs in nest. Reminds me that years ago while walking with my grandmother, we came across a similar nest in a huge fern. Thanks for the memory!

Jeanne Jackson said...

Thank you, Suzanne, for sharing your memory. It's funny - when I showed this photo to two of my birder experts they thought these were Robin eggs. But it did turn out to be Swainson's Thrush eggs. Three more of these lovely songbirds to brighten our lives.