Sometimes you encounter a bird you never expect to. A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to see a Grey-Cheeked Thrush here in Connecticut. The bird was in a local park and had popped up in front of me and a friend. I had never seen one before and my mind went racing when I first saw it.
Swainson's Thrush? No, couldn't be. Doesn't have enough color in the throat to be a Swainson's. Does it have an eye ring? No... Ok, so it probably is not...
Veery? Not brown enough. Also, these trees don't seem right. A Veery passing through possibly. But the Brown isn't right and the throat is too plain...
Hermit Thrush? The Color is all off...Maybe this is a Grey-Cheeked Thrush
Bicknell's Thrush? Can't tell until it vocalizes... Oh there it goes! Perfect
I've got myself a Grey-Cheeked Thrush! A new Life Bird. Enjoy a photo of the bird. Until the next time, get outside and Go Birding!
Grey-Cheeked Thrush at AllAboutBirds - Link Here