[birding] evening songs- 3 thrushes

Randy and Pam Comeleo rottyler at peak.org
Sun Jun 15 17:51:55 PDT 2014

I agree, it's magical to hear those three, especially without driving to Marys Peak!  Randy and I heard Hermit Thrushes singing on the way to Dimple Hill from Lewisburg Saddle on Friday evening.   They were closer to the Dimple Hill end at approximately 1300-1400 feet in elevation.  There were a couple of Hermit Warblers up there too.


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From: birding-bounces at midvalleybirding.org [mailto:birding-bounces at midvalleybirding.org] On Behalf Of Joel Geier
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2014 5:04 PM
To: catherine.otto at comcast.net
Cc: birding at midvalleybirding.org
Subject: Re: [birding] evening songs- 3 thrushes

Hi Catherine (& all),

Thanks for your report. It's a rare & magical treat to hear all three of these thrushes -- Varied, Swainson's and Hermit -- in one hike.

Your report is the third case I've seen in recent weeks, of Hermit Thrushes singing at elevations lower than we usually hear about in June, though the other two cases were a bit out of the mid-valley region. Last weekend Barbara Combs found quite a few Hermit Thrushes singing at elevations below 1000 ft elevation in south-central Lane County, and I also encountered this during a breeding bird survey in the Umpqua Valley.

On the other hand, I usually expect to hear along Hermit Thrushes along the highest part of the Santiam BBS route (which starts out above 3000
ft) -- but this morning I didn't hear any.

It would be interesting to hear if anyone else is hearing Hermit Thrushes at low/moderate elevations in the Coast Range or western Cascades. Could there be some kind of "Hermit Thrush inversion" this year?

Happy birding,

On Sun, 2014-06-15 at 04:23 +0000, catherine.otto at comcast.net wrote:
> Greetings all,
> This evening I walked up out of Oak Creek (McDonald Forest access point, Corvallis) with my husband. 
> We took a loop up road 6020 to the top of the Uproute Trail, then back down on the Extendo Trail. 
> It was a beautifully cool and cloudy evening. On the whole walk, from 
> beginning to end, we heard Swainson's thrushes either calling or 
> singing. Got a very good view of one, unusually, singing from bare branches on the top of an oak tree along the road about 1/4 mile from the trailhead.
> But best of all: we heard two other thrush songs on the same hike. 
> Along the Uproute Trail, as it passes along the side of a ravine, 
> thick with layers of trees and understory, we heard varied thrush 
> songs. They were not close, but somewhere across the ravine. Almost at 
> the top of the Uproute Trail, in a dark and densely wooded section, hermit thrush songs. Not often do we hear all three of these thrushes on the same hike.
> We were also happy to see tiger lilies in flower and more in bud. 
> Catherine
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