[CT Birds] Bicknell's

David F Provencher (Generation - 4) david.f.provencher at dom.com
Mon May 12 10:27:01 EDT 2014

Looks like it might be Bicknell's David. This is a pretty difficult identification by sight, particularly of a single bird on migration. Many authorities feel that Gray-cheeked and Bicknell's can only be separated by voice and even then caution has to be used. I encounter breeding Bicknell's a fair amount in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and they can appear very drab and grayish-cheeked at times. Speaking only for myself, I have only ever called a live Bicknell's or Gray-cheeked in CT based on flight note or, on a very few occasions, song. A good summary of the difficulty of this identification can be found on sibleyguides.com at http://www.sibleyguides.com/bird-info/bicknells-thrush/

Dave Provencher

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A photo changes the report of Gray-cheeked to Bicknell''s type at Cove Island Wildlife sanctuary on Saturday.

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