Sunday, November 11, 2012

Eyebrowed Thrush - November 11, 2012

Eyebrowed Thrush Turdus obscurus  
  After having a planned Saturday trip to a nearby offshore island scuttled by extremely high winds, it was good to get out and get a full day’s birding in at ‘Grey Bunting Mountain’.  On the way, I heard several Chinese Penduline Tits calling from a reedbed.  Aside from the expected forest mix of tits and woodpeckers, with several Goldcrest mixed in, I spied my first Red-flanked Bluetail of the winter, a shy female tail-flicking near the peak.  
  Soon after this, I heard several thrushes calling from deeper in the woods, and their calls sounded a bit thin and different from the Pale Thrushes I encounter there regularly.  I made my way to a remote gravesite fringed with fruiting berry trees and hunkered down.  I put my camouflaged rain poncho over my head, and covered my face with a camouflage scarf.  I covered my legs with fallen pine branches and waited.  I wasn't messing around, ha ha.  About 45 minutes later, six Eye-browed Thrush returned and casually fed on the berries for ten minutes.  A special birding moment, and a real treat to watch!  (Best latin name ever, too)

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