Here near Enosburgh Town Forest (ETF) ~1100 above sea level, we have Hermit Thrush, Wood Thrush, and Veery, all confirmed or probable breeding birds. Based on singing males on territory in a 0.6 mile traverse from my house to the southwestern border of the ETF, the ratio is about 6 Veery to 4 Hermit Thrush to 3 Wood Thrush.
In the fall, we also have migrating Swainson's and Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's Thrushes (can't determine the latter for sure), though our two Mountain Ash species (Sorbus decora and Sorbus americana) produced no fruit this year, so I am not expecting to see these two thrush species here this fall. We'll hope for a bumper Sorbus crop next year!
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From: Ken Copenhaver <[log in to unmask]>
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Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:36:41
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Thrush Topography
At Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, which is only a few feet about Lake
Champlain level, Veeries are abundant. I observed 9 yesterday on
Maqaum/Black Creek Trail, and our monitoring walk last week had 5 on the
Railroad Trail. While Hermit Thrushes are probably present, I haven't
observed any since April and May, and no Wood Thrushes this year. (A check
on eBird would give a more complete picture.)
At my home in Fairfax (about 300 ft elevation) I hear Veeries and Hermits
regularly, and Wood Thrushes rarely (none this year, one last year in May).
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2012 14:05:30 -0400
From: Sue Wetmore <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Thrush Topography
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Plenty of veerys in Brandon.
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On Jun 23, 2012, at 2:04 PM, Roo Slagle <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> We are at 1300 ft and we get wood and hermit and a rare swainson.
> Haven't heard veerys in years. Driving through our county, I hear
> veerys near towns and schools. Does anyone else?
> Does the lack of them have to do with the Wintering places in the
> On 6/23/12, Allan Strong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi Larry,
>> Some of the early research on resource partitioning and competition was
>> on thrushes across an elevational gradient...right here in our backyard.
>> On Jun 23, 2012, at 7:30 AM, Larry and Mona Rogers <[log in to unmask]
>>> With all of the talk of wood thrushes lately, I wonder about thrush
>>> species distribution based on altitude. I have always sort of assumed
>>> that as you climb from say 300' to about 3,000', Wood Thrushes were at
>>> lowest altitude, followed by Veerys (Veeries?), followed by Hermit
>>> Thrushes, followed by Swainson's Thrushes, followed by Bicknel's
>>> up toward the mountain tops. Is this about right?
>>> Our place in Brandon is at about 500' altitude and we mostly hear
>>> thrushes with the occasional veery. Friends in Monkton, at about 900'
>>> mostly hermits. Has anybody else noted this?
>>> Larry and Mona