I did some atlasing early this morning and I heard my first singing
SWAINSON'S THRUSH on my atlas block which encompasses a good portion of New
Michigan State Forest. In the past I usually got there by mid morning or
sometimes birded in the evening. I decided to try getting there before
sunrise which for me meant an early start.  I left my house at 4 am and got
there around 450 am. Wow, what a dawn chorus! I checked all locations with
intact deep spruce forest and got all the usual warblers that I have
mentioned before and had VEERY, HERMIT THRUSH and WOOD THRUSHES singing
loudly, sometimes all within earshot. This was very nice except no
SWAINSON's.  Later in the morning around 7 to 730 am I was on the CCC truck
trail driving through the beginning of the tornado ravaged area and I heard
a SWAINSON'S THRUSH in full song!  The bird was singing outside the main
contiguous NORWAY SPRUCE stand in a patch of regrown spruce and aspen that
probably was about 20-25 feet high or so. It was very thick in there.  I
didn't expect this but referring to Cornell's Lab of Ornithology's Birds of
the World on SWTH    "*Described as a bird of mature forests (86, 87), but
other studies show equal or higher densities in early-successional habitat,
particularly closed-canopy plantations (80, 81, 88)..."  *I didn't know
this. This is such a great resource by the way.  Anyway, I managed a poor
quality recording with my cell phone. Bird was singing close but my phone's
audio recording abilities are pretty bad. See   I certainly hope this
species will persist up here...

Dave Nicosia


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