During migration and winter, however, the focus of the thrush… This season also saw a skyrocket in numbers of Orange-crowned Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet (both of which were scarily below average in 2019), setting a new Ruby-crowned Kinglet record with 2,193 banded in one fall (the average is ~1,000)! You can see our daily observation data for this season on eBird. IBO crews were able to band two of these regal monarchs! Check back next year for updates on these species and more! this recent report of the species in morning flight at Point Pinos, this link, again, showing a relationship between southern CA CBCs and extralimital vagrancy, Several out of range birds have already appeared in the last months, Weather Surveillance Radar and Bird Migration Primer. We even broke the single-day record of Wilson’s Warbler with 21 banded on September 1st! While similar in size and shape to the American Robin (another species of thrush), the Varied Thrush has much more … One of Central Oregon's most beautiful birds is the Varied Thrush. Raptors are not the only birds that fly past Lucky Peak in the fall. . A beautiful, boldly-patterned thrush. Females show a similarly … Read the whole article below, or skip ahead using these links to read about songbirds, diurnal raptors, and owls. of 4; 7 Savannah Sparrow, avg. We banded 491 Northern Saw-whet Owls: 283 Hatch-Years, 1 After Hatch-Year, 154 Second-Years, and 48 After Second-Years. We banded 60 species including some unexpected, rare species such as Tennessee Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Green-tailed Towhee, Bushtit, and Varied Thrush (which happens to be the third year in a row now that we have caught this species). But these cycles may vary extensively in terms of the total available crop, perhaps as a result of persistent and extensive drought in parts of the West or as some other more regular climatic patterns vary. of 217), Golden-crowned Kinglet (12, avg. In 2020, hawk counters had several notable non-raptor observations. This fall has seen some quite large movements of Varied Thrushes in California and across the West – birders around the region have been reporting larger (and larger than normal) flights of birds for a number of weeks. However, 2020 brought new hope as many of those species’ totals were equal to or higher than the long-term averages! We also had a foreign recapture that was banded in 2019 by the Owl Research Institute in western Montana. These captures were particularly exciting as we had not banded a Golden Eagle since 2014. This article is part of our 2020 end of the year newsletter! Some warblers that were worryingly below average last year, such as the Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, and Townsend’s Warbler, were all about average this year. We can see that 2015 (red line) frequencies are more than three times higher that 2014 (blue), 2013 (green), and the 2001-2012 average (black). Many thanks to our crew of 2020 hawk counters including Evan Buck, Carly Gilmore, Solai Le Fay, and Sarah Scott! Varied Thrush. This year’s count is well below the 26-year average of 6,501.3 migrants but above average for observation hours possibly thanks to excellent weather at the end of the season. Some of the highlights were three Black Swifts in early September, a Pinyon Jay in October, and large numbers of northbound Red-breasted Nuthatches (over 115 in one morning!). We banded 7 species with 4 of those showing above average totals (66 Brewer’s Sparrow, avg. Only 5 out of the 60 species caught this season showed notably lower than average totals, including Yellow Warbler (174, avg. What’s even more exciting is that this bird was a part of our colleague, Neil Paprocki’s transmitter study and has been tracked now for 7 years! The Varied Thrush lives and breeds in dense coniferous and mixed forests near water in the Pacific Northwest, migrating in winter to lowlands and into parks and gardens of California. of 20; 12 Lincoln’s Sparrow, avg. We banded a total of 46 Flammulated Owls this year, most of which were caught in the last 2 weeks of September (a fairly average year). Winter food items are similar but … During the summer, ground-dwelling arthropods make up the bulk of its diet. The images below for Varied Thrush patterns in California and across the BirdCast West region show two lines, the green lines representing the frequency of occurrence for this species as reported on complete checklists to eBird from 1 September to present in 2014 and the black lines showing this frequency averaged across 2004-2013. Many thanks to our crew of 2020 hawk counters including Evan Buck, Carly Gilmore, Solai Le Fay, and Sarah Scott. On the other side of the coin, we did see some drops in certain species from last year. Does this coastal movement of birds from more northern and western locations toward the south into California have bearing on patterns of vagrancy in the eastern US? The varied thrush is predominantly insectivorous, though its diet varies throughout the course of the year. And the 2020 migratory surprises didn’t stop there…. We love catching owls from previous seasons; knowing that they have made it successfully through another year and another long migration journey! The owl season at Lucky Peak started off slowly this year. Additionally, it was a great year for hummingbirds, especially Calliope and Black-chinned Hummingbirds. This is not of immediate concern considering the above average total in 2018, but maybe something to keep an eye on in future seasons. So get out and find a Varied Thrush and submit it to eBird! Despite the low overall count, a few species had above average counts including 11 Rough-legged Hawks (26-year average = 6.0) and nine Ferruginous Hawks (26-year average = 4.2). of 510). Fruits and berries become important later in the breeding season and during migration. The images below for Varied Thrush patterns in California and across the BirdCast West region show two lines, the green lines representing the frequency of occurrence for this species as … Some of the highlights were three Black Swifts in early September, a Pinyon Jay in October, and large numbers of northbound Red-breasted Nuthatches (over 115 in one morning!). Seemingly not as shy as the other brown thrushes, not as bold as the Robin, the Wood Thrush seems intermediate between those two related groups. Techs from each of our three projects wrote about their time at Lucky Peak this season, and the data we collected. Fortunately, the 2020 season did not follow the trend, and turned out to be one of our highest seasons: even surpassing the record-setting 2018 season! This is not necessarily of concern considering that the numbers captured at Lucky Peak are largely impacted by the variable timing of their migration, and this year the peak happened to be after our last banding day. Team BirdCast wrote in November 2014 about Varied Thrush movements in the western US. It is interesting to note that neighboring states to the north, Oregon and Washington, have experienced a very different pattern for frequencies of occurrence. Of course, other species are on the move in large numbers and may also be related to the conditions of the acorn crop and larger scale meteorological or climatic conditions: Band-tailed Pigeon, in particular, comes to mind (the image below is part of a large movement observed at Point Pinos). This season they were slightly below average with 442 individuals (avg. The Varied Thrush. They are usually … In 2019 we captured only 114, and this year we banded 122 whereas the average is 188. A slow start never fails to make us nervous, but luckily our feathered friends were just running a little behind! The first was an adult Red-tailed Hawk with red patagial (shoulder) tags originally marked at the Portland, Oregon airport; next was a second-year Red-tailed Hawk captured by our banding team originally marked by Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in August of 2019 ; and the final documentation was of a female Rough-legged Hawk with a backpack transmitter originally marked in January 2014 in Quincy, California.