September 21, 2017 - Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi)
These thrushes are found throughout much of western North America from parts of Alaska through Mexico. They eat insects and spiders during the breeding season and fruit, particularly juniper berries, during the winter. Often hunting their insect prey from a perch, they fly out to capture it in the air or drop onto it on the ground. Pairs search for suitable nest sites together, but females build the nests in small depressions on the ground. The nests are cup-shaped and constructed from pine needles, grasses, and bark. Males and females sing at all times of year, though females sing more softly than males.
February 25, 2017 - Black-breasted Thrush (Turdus dissimilis)
These thrushes are found in parts of South and Southeast Asia. They eat insects, mollusks, and berries, foraging mostly on the ground and sometimes in trees. During the breeding season, which varies in different parts of their range, they build sturdy cup nests from green moss and fibers, usually in trees or shrubs, but sometimes on the ground. They were once grouped with the Grey-backed Thrush as a single species and the two may form a superspecies along with the Tickell’s Thrush.