Hermit Thrush

After having only caught a glimpse of one a few days ago,

Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush

… I managed to find and spend some time with a Hermit Thrush this afternoon. While it spent most of its time busy foraging on the ground,

Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush

… it also provided this nice opportunity for a photo in a tree. Having been awhile since my last Hermit Thrush photos, it was time well spent.

A Switch To Song Birds

With most of the shore bird migration behind us now, it is time to change gears. This started with the last post focusing mostly on water birds. Despite the grey and drizzly weather the last few days I have managed a few walks. They have been to Reifel where there have been some interesting song birds worth giving a try. One bird that has been seen off and on for a few weeks now is a White-throated Sparrow. Unfortunately I have yet to locate it, so I turned my attention to some of the regulars.

White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow

Lots of White-crowned Sparrows around,

White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow

… including immature birds. One change of pace,

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)

… was this Slate-colored Dark-eyed Junco. In this part of British Columbia we are most likely to see them at this time of year.

Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)

The Oregon Dark-eyed Junco is what we are used to seeing here most of the time. The other bird I was hoping to see was the Evening Grosbeak that had been sighted.

Evening Grosbeak
Evening Grosbeak

While I did manage to locate and photograph it, the location and lighting were not the best. The bird itself was looking a little bedraggled as well.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow

Of course there is never any shortage of House Sparrows. This species was introduced to North America from Europe and are referred to as Old World Sparrows.

House Sparrow
House Sparrow

While similar in appearance and behavior, they are a different family from the other New World Sparrows. Another change of pace while watching sparrows,

Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thrush

… was a couple of Hermit Thrush mixed in with them foraging on the ground. Continuing to scour the mixed groups for the White-throated, something else caught my eye.

Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow

This odd colored Fox Sparrow, perhaps partially leucistic.

Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow

This is how I would normally expect them to look. So while nothing too much out of the ordinary, a couple of interesting finds.