Monday, October 25, 2010

Mini-wave of Gray-cheeked Thrushes

As my regular blog readers know, I've just started bird banding in Tortuguero, right on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica last week. Today we had an early-morning mini-wave of Gray-cheeked Thrushes. We had five graycheeks in the first two net runs, then two more plus a recapture later in the morning.

According to Stiles & Skutch (1989), Gray-cheeked Thrush is a "very uncommon fall migrant (early October - mid-November), mainly on Caribbean slope and to ca. 5000ft (1500m) in central highlands". I suspect that the species' secretive habits obscure its actual presence, although they are certainly less common than Swainson's Thrush, which even today eventually outnumbered it.

The bird shown here was caught a few days ago.

Cited literature:
Stiles, F. G. and A. F. Skutch. 1989. A guide to the birds of Costa Rica. Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, NY.

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