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Archive for November 1st, 2011

Window Strike: Swainson’s Thrush

Birds flow through the Hudson River Valley during spring and fall migratory seasons, leading to tragedies such as this:

Dead Swainsons Thrush - ventral

Dead Swainsons Thrush - ventral

We think it’s a Swainson’s Thrush that mistook our bedroom window for open sky:

Dead Swainsons Thrush - left side

Dead Swainsons Thrush - left side

We’ve tried several techniques to prevent birds from making that mistake, but to no avail.

It weighed 38 grams, a bit heavier than the typical 30-ish grams reported in our bird books. If I were flying to Mexico I’d want a little extra padding, too.

I put it out for recycling in the back yard; in Nature, nothing goes to waste…

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