A common migrant through
the state, Swainson's Thrushes are often found in mixed flocks with other
similar thrushes. They also are
active breeders in the Black Hills. Generally a shy bird, Swainson's
Thrushes are sometimes easier to hear than to see.
Nearly any kind of wooded habitat
during migration and in the winter. Prefers conifer or mixed-forest during
the breeding season.
Diet: Mostly insects and berries.
Behavior: Often foraging on the ground, walking or
hopping a short distance, pausing and looking, before moving on again.
Also forages quite often in the foliage and branches of trees and shrubs,
and may occasionally fly out from an observation perch to capture passing
insects in mid-air.
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Summers throughout much of Canada, the
Great Lakes region, the Northeastern U.S., and much of the Western U.S.
Winters in southern Mexico and points south.
Conservation Status: Some evidence of local
declines, but generally stable.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Swainson's Thrush
-- Swainson's Thrush
Photo Information: May 17th, 2011 - Minnehaha
County, South Dakota - Terry Sohl
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