Mistle Thrush

December 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I joined the stampede to New Brunswick to see our continent's first confirmed record* of a Mistle Thrush. This European thrush specializes on eating mistletoe berries hence ensuring wide distribution of the plant. It's a tough bird and New Brunswick's winter will surely be a test for it.

My photographs are of poor quality thanks to shooting almost directly into the sun and obliquely through two panes of dirty glass but in this business you get what you get.

*Confirmed record means seen by several competent observers, a recorded song or call note, or photographed all with minimum possibility of error. This does not imply that the bird has not visited before numerous times but simply that it was not encountered by observers who knew what to see or hear.

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