Swainson’s Song

As we set out for a walk on a rainy Monday morning we decided to just carry a lightweight macro lens on the camera as the birds would be hunkered down as it was raining slowly and steadily.

For most of the walk it was one of those very calm and silent mornings only a walk in the rain can bring. However on the way back down the hill we heard the beautiful song of several Swainson’s Thrushes echoing in the distance. As we walked towards the trailhead the songs became closer and more frequent. Much to out surprise the Swainson’s Thrushes were out from the tall trees and perched singing in branches down low. It was nice to get a glimpse of these reclusive forest dwellers and to get a few photos but most of all hearing  that amazing song.

How do they get it to echo like that?

8 thoughts on “Swainson’s Song

  1. I just got back from a short visit to the U.S. north, an island off the coast of Seattle, and oh my goodness, I was repeatedly mesmerized by the distinct song of the Swainson’s Thrush. This very special bird migrates through most of California, so I don’t often get to hear it. In WA forests I woke up every morning to it. Yes, that echoing, spiral-like song, so unique. Never did see it, didn’t expect to. Your photos and description just brought it all back, Mike. Thanks for this gift today.

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