Backyard Birds: Townsend’s Solitaire

Posted by Bob Lefebvre

A few days ago I had a surprising visitor to my yard in SE Calgary, a Townsend’s Solitaire.

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5 thoughts on “Backyard Birds: Townsend’s Solitaire

  1. How beautiful! I spotted one I thought was this, but they tell me mine is a Juvenile European Starling! I was so disappointed as it is unusual here in Ontario.

    • It’s a little smaller than a mockingbird, but very similar in shape. The main differences are the big white eye-ring on the Solitaire (mockingbirds have a dark eye line), and the buffy wingstripe that you can see best in the first photo (mockingbirds have some white in the wings).

  2. i live in Calgary and had a couple of these birds in my garden towards the end of April. I was not having much luck identifying it as my knowledge of Canadian bird species is rather limited at present, the only bird I could liken it to was the Catbird!

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