Swainson’s Thrush – 1994

Catharus ustulatusCarfonfraithVagrant

An example of this small North American thrush, which breeds from Alaska and Newfoundland south to California and New Hampshire and normally winters from Mexico to Argentina (Cramp 1988), occurred at Skokholm from 14 to 19 October 1967 (C. Britton). This was the first recorded in Britain, although another was found dead at Blackrock lighthouse, Ireland, in May 1956. The Skokholm bird, which was trapped and ringed, occurred in an autumn when the island received no fewer than four North American visitors, the others being Red-eyed Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Northern Oriole.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

CRAMP, S. (ed.) 1977-1993. Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa: the birds of the Western Palearctic. Oxford, Oxford University Press. 7 Vols

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